Four staff including a Rev. Sister of the Caritas University, Amorji Nike were yesterday arraigned before Nike Magistrate Court II for alleged involvement in the murder of a first year computer science student of the institution, Kachisicho Paul Okafor.
The accused persons who were all present in court presided by magistrate A.C. Mba were Chukwuma Nweke (40 yrs), Ugwu Philip Anayo (29), Onah Annestecia (25) and Rev. Sister Fidema C. (25).
The accused who are standing trial on a two-court charges of conspiracy to murder and administration of drugs not prescribed by a medical doctor to the deceased were remanded in police custody till Monday next week when the magistrate is expected to rule on whether he has the power to grant the accused persons bail or not in such a criminal matter. Counsel for the accused persons, Mr. B. O. Eneh had in an application for bail argued that, "in as much as the case is a binding over matter, it does not stop the court from granting the accused bail of it deemed it fit."
He further argued that the charge sheet as presented by the prosecution implied that the accused committed man slaughter and not murder as they would want the court to believe. "What we are asking from the court is freedom for the accused persons pending the substantive hearing of the matter either at the High Court or Supreme Court".
The prosecutor, Sergeant Innocent Egbuaba insisted that the offence committed by the accused was murder and not man slaughter, saying that the penalty for such offence was death under section 274(1) of the criminal code cap. 30 vol. 1 laws of Enugu State of Nigeria 2004.