Court postpones ruling in Apo six killing to March 9
•Another adjourns hearing in homicide suit
A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court presided over by Justice Ishaq Bello has adjourned till March 9, 2017 judgment in the trial of the six police officers accused of killing six Abuja motor spare parts dealers in 2005.
The judge had earlier fixed yesterday for ruling which never held, as the court did not sit. It was learnt that the new date was reached during a brief meeting between the counsel and court officials before being relayed to all parties in the case.
The officers charged for the alleged manslaughter are Danjuma Ibrahim, Othman Abdulsalami, Nicholas Zacharia, Emmanuel Baba, Emmanuel Acheneje and Sadiq Salami.
The office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) arraigned the policemen on a nine-count charge of conspiracy and culpable homicide contrary to Sections 97 and 221 (a) of the Penal Code.
The accused were alleged to have killed Ifeanyi Ozo, Chinedu Meniru, Isaac Ekene, Paulinus Ogbonna, Anthony Nwokike and Tina Arebun, aged between 21 and 25 years, while returning from a night party.
Zakaria had denied involvement in any evildoing, claiming he was barred by service law from carrying an AK 47 assault rifle except a pistol. During cross-examination in 2015, the prosecuting counsel, Mamman Usman (SAN), insisted that the fifth accused, Baba Emmanuel, personally shot Mrs. Arebun.
However, Zakaria insisted that he did not see Emmanuel shoot the lady, as junior officers were not allowed to carry arms. Also yesterday, Justice Muktar Abimbola of the Oyo State High Court adjourned to March 21 and 22, 2017 hearing in the suit involving murder involving a lawyer, Oyewande Oyediran, accused of murdering her husband, Lowo, in February last year.
Lead defence council, Mr. Leye Adepoju, while applying for the application, argued that his team of seven lawyers only got the certified true copies of certain documents on the six witnesses they intend calling to prosecute their case just last Friday.