Complainant’s statements missing in native doctor, Beninese bricklayer case in Anambra court

The criminal trial of 65-year old native doctor Chijioke Okaa and Beninese bricklayer Olufemi Salako at Anambra Chief Magistrate Court Nnobi different a dimension on Friday when two out of three separate statements the complainant made to the police were curiously found missing.

Okaa and Salako are standing trial on a five count-charge of forcibly entering of N10 million property belonging to Miss Nzube Mbachu, an orphan from Nnobi, Idemili South Area of Anambra.

When the matter pending before Chief Magistrate Kenneth Nwoye-led Court Nnobi on Friday, Mr Chris Eze led the compliant, Bonaventure Ezekwenna to tend evidence of N9.8m bank draft he paid to Mbachu.

But Mrs C. N. Ndife, the first defence counsel in her cross examination sought to know why Ezekwenna made statement to the police as a suspect rather than as a compliant.

Ezekwenna told the court that he had first reported the case at Criminal Investigation Department Panti Lagos and Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) Alagbo Lagos.

He said it was at Panti that a team of Police from Forces Headquarters, Abuja picked him up on the allegation that Okaa had complained against him, saying that was the place he made statement as an accused.

Ezekwenna further told the court that upon investigation at Abuja, police charged Okaa to court for false information to the police.

He said, the matter later went to court, but was struck out by a High court sitting in Abuja for lack of jurisdiction, adding that it was the reason why they are before the Nnobi court.

Mr Chris Eze, the prosecutor handling the matter told the court that he would strive to ensure the file on police investigation was comprehensive during the next adjournment.

Mr JoeMartin Uzodike, holding watching brief in the matter told the court that it was as a result of the letter he wrote the Inspector General of Police office that made police to release some of the files.

Under further cross examination, Ezekwenna, an indigene of Nnobi but based in New York City, USA stated he was yet to take physical inspection of the property in dispute.

He told the court that his engineer was the person that saw and negotiated for the property on his behalf, noting that he only spoke with Mbachu and Salako through the telephone.

Ezekwenna further added that it was at the point of developing the property that Okaa and others surfaced and demolished the fence upon which he complaint.

However, Mr Ifeanyi Udeh, counsel to the Salako sought to know if his client was physically present when the transaction was made, which Ezekwenna said no.

The presiding Chief Magistrate, Kenneth Nwoye adjourned the matter to August 11 for continuation of hearing.

Nwoye, however advised counsel in the matter not to waste the time of the court, as his court target to deliver judgement on the matter before the end of August.


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