JUSTICE FOR SALOME? AS COURT SENTENCE KILLER TO 12 YRS IMPRISONMENT

JUSTICE FOR SALOME? AS COURT SENTENCE KILLER TO 12 YRS IMPRISONMENT


…Judgment too lenient – Prosecuting counsel vow to challenge sentence

A high Court 1, sitting in Idah, presided by Justice Fola Ajayi has sentenced one Ocholi Edicha to 12 years Imprisonment for the Killing of Mrs. Salome Abuh, the PDP Women leader burnt to dead during the 2019 Kogi state Governorship election.

Edicha was convicted on all the four grounds leveled against him by the prosecuting counsel.

Inspite the judgment, the prosecuting counsel from the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General’s office, Barr. Otigbe Joseph has vowed to challenge the ruling, describing it as a surprise and not enough punishment for the offenses committed which bothered on killing.

The defendant was arraigned on the offences of criminal conspiracy, Armed Robbery, Mischief by fire and culpable homicide.

The prosecutor during trial has called five witnesses. The court agreed with oral testimony and eye witness account alongside statement made to the Nigeria police and hold it to be sufficient to secure the conviction of the defendant.

But the defendant had denied making statement to the Nigeria police but was quick to challenge and accept some aspect of his statement. His confessional statement was admitted by the court.

Delivering his judgment, Justice Ajayi convicted the suspect for culpable homicide not punishable with death, and sentenced the him to 12 years and 6 Months imprisonment for the offences.

Mrs. Salome Acheju Abuh, a PDP women leader was on 18th November, 2019 shot and set ablaze at her resident in Ochadamu in Ofu Local Government Area, Kogi state, after voting at her country home.

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