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Crime Updated: May 15, 2024

Court sentences former police officers to life imprisonment for murder

By Hadiza Musa Yusuf
May 15, 2024
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An Anambra State High Court sitting in Onitsha on Wednesday handed down a life sentence to three former police officers for the killing of Chukwunonso Uchenwoke, a 42-year-old man from Mbosi in the Ihiala Local Government Area of the state.

The court found them guilty of the offence which occurred during an arrest for alleged assault and malicious damage on May 14, 2016, at No. 13 Ibe Street, East Niger Layout, Okpoko in Ogbaru Local Government Area. 

The convicted officers, identified as Juliet Ekwueme, Ugochukwu Obiakor, and Raphael Chike, were subsequently dismissed from the Nigerian Police Force. 

Presiding Judge Okuma, in his ruling, stated, "The prosecution counsel proved the case beyond reasonable doubt." 

The accused were convicted and sentenced to seven years for conspiracy and life imprisonment for manslaughter, as stipulated in Sections 495(a) and 274(I) of the Criminal Code Cap 36 Volume II, Revised Laws of Anambra State of Nigeria 1991, as amended. 

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Trulaw Chambers, led by principal counsel C.J. Okeke, prosecuted the case under the fiat of the Anambra State Attorney General.

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