Apo Six: Court To Deliver Judgment March 9
Finally the lingering legal battle over the alleged extra judicial killing of six Apo traders in Abuja will be settled in the court on March 9.
Justice Ishaq Bello of the FCT High Court will on March 9 deliver judgment.
Since 2005, the souls of Ifeanyi Ozor, Chinedu Meniru, Isaac Ekene, Paulinus Ogbonna, Anthony Nwodike and Augustina Arebun have been calling for justice.
The Attorney General of the Federation in 2005 charged six police officers to court for the alleged crime.
They are Danjuma Ibrahim, Othman Abdulsalami , Nicholas Zakaria, Ezekiel Acheneje, Baba Emmanuel and Sadiq Salami.
They were arraigned on a 9-count charge of conspiracy and culpable homicide, which contravened the provisions of Sections 97 and 221 (a) of the Penal Code Law.
The defendants allegedly played different parts in the killing of the victims, aged between 21 years and 25 years, while they were returning from a night party on June 7, 2005 in Abuja.
Following their deaths and the subsequent public outcry, an official panel of inquiry was set up by ex- President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration to unravel the plot.
The report of the panel said that the victims were at a nightclub located at Gimbiya Street, Area 11 in Abuja on the night of the incident.
The panel further said that a face-off had ensued between Ibrahim and the group when the female victim (Augustina) allegedly turned down Ibrahim’s love advances at the club.
Other five policemen accused of the killings and eight other police witnesses had testified that Ibrahim, the senior police officer among them, ordered the killings.
However, the defendants, including Ibrahim, had pleaded not guilty to the allegations.
The absence of the defendants (Ibrahim) presently enjoying a court bail had stalled the judgment earlier slated for Feb.13.
The provisions of Sections 97 and 221 (a) of the Penal Code Law with which the defendants were tried attracts death sentence.
If the dead will get justice is another matter.