Two siblings, Chiamaka Ifezue, 26, and Chukwuemeka Ifezue, 21, were remanded at the Enugu Custodial Centre on Wednesday by an Enugu North Magistrate’s Court presided by Mr JI Agu for alleged murder.
The accused, who were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder, were accused of murdering one Miss Ijeoma Nneka, 27, on November 11, 2020.
In the charge read in the court, the two siblings were said to have conspired to commit felony to wit: murder and, thereby, committed an offence punishable under Section 494 of the Criminal Code, Cap 30, Vol. II, Revised Laws of Enugu State of Nigeria, 2004.
They were also alleged to have unlawfully killed the deceased on the same day by compelling her to drink poisonous substance and, thereafter, poured corrosive acid chemical all over her body which caused her death.
The offence, according to the police charge, is punishable under Section 274(1) of the Criminal Code, Cap 30, Vol. II, Laws of Enugu State of Nigeria, 2004.
The accused were not allowed to take plea after the reading of the charge to them as the Magistrate’s Court declined jurisdiction on the matter.
Magistrate Agu said that the court would only conduct binding over proceedings in order to refer the matter to the State Attorney General(AG) and Commissioner for Justice.
Thereafter, the Prosecution Counsel, CSP CP Nwachukwu, supplied the court with the names of 11 prosecution witnesses and handed over the two original police case files to the court.
The numbers of the case files are CR41/2020 from Independence Layout Police Station and CR4/2020.
In his ruling, the Magistrate held that each of the witnesses had been bound over to the sum of N10,000 to appear before any competent court to which the case would be transferred.
He directed that the case files be transmitted to the AG and Commissioner for justice for his opinion and advise.
The Magistrate also directed that the accused be remanded at the Nigeria Correctional Services’ Enugu Custodial Centre and adjourned the matter to February 24 for a report on the Attorney-General’s opinion.
The prosecuting counsel, CSP Chike Nwachukwu who is also the officer in charge of legal, Enugu Police Command while speaking newsmen after the remand proceeding said the police have completed their investigation and have ample evidence to prosecute the matter and ensure that justice is served.
On Wednesday, 11th November 2020 the Deceased, Ijeoma who’s a makeup artist was said to have been booked for a makeup job in an undisclosed location but was told to just get to ESBS busstop and will be picked up from there after which she was found dead.
Nnamdi Nneke, a brother to the deceased said they learnt that their sister was allegedly sedated by the suspects who helped in forcing a poisoned substance down her throat because according to them, Ijeoma was in a relationship with the supposed boyfriend of one of the suspects. He said that when Ijeoma suspected that all wasn’t well, “she sent an SMS to her colleague and through the use of technology (phone tracking), the suspects were arrested.
“They called her to come for a make-up job which was a fake job because there was no job. When she got to the venue, she was locked up, drugged and was killed by pouring acid on her body,” the deceased brother said.
He thanked the police for their efforts so far in the matter and said that their only prayer is for justice to be done as the pain the gruesome murder of his sister is unimaginable.
The family of the deceased that were in court, were seen crying and calling for justice for their late sister.