Rivers APC Chieftain , Flag Ojukaye feigns illness  as he is arraigned  for murder

Former Chairman  Asari-Toru Local  Government Area of Rivers State , Mr Ojukaye Flag Amachree who is facing a four count charge for the murder of one Iminabo Dokubo has pleaded not guilty  to  the  alleged crime.Mr Amachree arrived the court in a prison bus and stayed within the premises for an hour before  the Prisons authority  drove in an ambulance  that brought a stretcher with which they dramatically  took Mr Amachree into the court to sway the court.

However , inside the court, there was no prison official  to testify  that Mr Amachree is ill, neither did the defence tender a medical  report or present a medical  doctor to testify on any illness  affecting  Amachree.

When it was obvious that the accused person was ready for trial, the court took his plea.

A four count charge was preferred  against  Ojukaye Flag Amachree by the prosecution  led by Chief Godwin Obla(SAN).

The charges preferred against Amachree include:

“STATEMENT OF OFFENCE – COUNT 1
CONSPIRACY – Contrary to Section 324 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 37, Vol. 2, Laws of the Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.

“PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE: OJUKAYE FLAG-AMACHREE and others at large on or about the 11th day of April, 2015 at Ojuka Compound, Buguma City in the Asari-Toru Local Government Area of the Rivers State within the Port Harcourt Judicial Division, did conspire to murder one IMINABO DOKUBO.

“STATEMENT OF OFFENCE – COUNT 2
MURDER contrary to Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. 37, Vol. 2 Laws of the Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.

” PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE
OJUKAYE FLAG-AMACHREE and others at large on or about the 11th day of April, 2015 at Ojuka Compound, Buguma City in the Asari-Toru Local Government Area of the Rivers State within the Port Harcourt Judicial Division, did conspire to murder one IMINABO DOKUBO.”

In adictionary, the prosecution preferred : “STATEMENT OF OFFENCE – COUNT 3
ATTEMPT TO MURDER contrary to Section 320 (1) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. 37, Vol. 2, Laws of the Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.

“PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE
OJUKAYE FLAG-AMACHREE and others at large on or about the 11th day of April, 2015 at Ojuka Compound, Buguma City in the Asari-Toru Local Government Area of the Rivers State within the Port Harcourt Judicial Division, did conspire to murder one IPALIBO JACKSON.

“STATEMENT OF OFFENCE – COUNT 4
WOUNDING WITH INTENT contrary to Section 332 (1) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. 37, Vol. 2, Laws of the Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.

“PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE
OJUKAYE FLAG-AMACHREE and others at large on or about the 11th day of April, 2015 at Ojuka Compound, Buguma City in the Asari-Toru Local Government Area of the Rivers State within the Port Harcourt Judicial Division, did conspire to murder one IPALIBO JACKSON with intent to maim, disfigure or disable or to do grievous harm.”

The “CHARGE NO. PHC 1664/2016CR
THE STATE VS.OJUKAYE FLAG-AMACHREE” signed   by the  Rivers State Attorney General , Emmanuel Aguma (SAN) is aimed at bringing to justice Mr Flag AAmachree who is accused of murder.

After the no guilty  plea of Ojukaye Flag Amachree was taken by the  court, the Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra   re-assigned the case to another judge.

The accused person was therefore further remanded   in prison custody pending the hearing of  the suit.

An oral application  for bail by counsel to Ojukaye Flag Amachree for  bail was not heard as the court ruled that the defendant  should bring a written application.

With the application  for bail , the bail application  at the Appeal  Court has become academic as the current suit is completely  different  from the one on appeal .

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