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Five to Die by Hanging for Killing Rivers Vigilante Commander

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A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Monday, convicted and sentenced five people to death by hanging for the murder of Umezuruike Alex, the commander of a local vigilante codenamed OSPAC in Omudioga community in Emohua Local Government Area of the state, Umezuruike Alex.

The court said the convicts should be hanged or injected with lethal injection until they are confirmed dead.

The convicts, Okechukwu Orji from the Atali community in Obio-Akpor, Igwe Promise, Iheanyi Igwe, Morrison Igwe, from Omudioga in Emohua LGA and Goodness Monday from Akwa Ibom State, were found guilty of 10 counts charge of conspiracy, cultism, murder and illegal possession of firearms.

The trial Judge, Justice Sika Aprioku, in his judgment, discharged and acquitted the sixth defendant in the suit Alex Deiwe.

Justice Aprioku held that the prosecution counsel, Essien Edet, proved his case against the other five convicts on charges of conspiracy, cultism, illegal possession of firearms and murder and therefore convicted and sentenced them by hanging or should be administered lethal injection until they are confirmed dead.

The court also held that the convicts did not only murder the OSPAC commander of the Omudioga community but were also involved in kidnapping and other criminal activities in parts of the state before their arrest and commencement of prosecution.

Speaking to newsmen outside the courtroom, the prosecution counsel, Essien Edet, who is a legal officer at the Rivers State Police Command, expressed happiness over the judgment, which he described as justice well served.

Edet further said it will serve as a deterrent to others who are involved in such crimes.

He stated, “I can say that justice has been served, It is a case of the murder of the former OSPAC Commander of Omudioga community in Emuoha LGA. The case has been on for years. It was a case that this OSPAC Commander was gruesomely murdered and dismembered by this group of criminals.

“Today the court has finally given judgment on the matter, and I believe justice has been served. It is a lesson to all those that are going about committing heinous crimes, killing people, taking the lives of human beings as if such are not valuable that justice is also coming after them except they repent.”

Our correspondent recalled that the former OSPAC commander, Umezuruike Alex was in 2021, killed, beheaded and other parts of his body dismembered by the cultists who saw him as a threat to their criminal activities in the area.

OSPAC is the acronym for Onelga Security Peace and Advisory Committee.

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