Two Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officers had been yesterday arraigned on the Benin High Court for alleged homicide of a 38-year – previous, passenger, Samuel Odion.
The suspects, Onotu Joseph, 32, and Francis Igboh, 35, had been alleged to have killed Odion on the October 14, at Owa Hill alongside Benin- Asaba Road, Edo State.
The defendants had been arraigned on a two-count cost bordering on conspiracy and homicide.
The cost sheet reads: “That you Onotu Joseph ‘m’ and Francis Igboh ‘m’ had on or about the 14th of October, 2019, at about 12.00hrs at Owa Hill, Benin-Asaba Express Road, in the Benin Judicial Division did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: Murder and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 324 of the Criminal Code Cap 48, Vol. 11, Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976 now applicable in Edo State”.
The trial decide, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele remanded the 2 in Prison custody and repair listening to on November 12. Speaking to journalists, the State Counsel, Peter Ugwumba mentioned the suspects had been arraigned for justice to be served, including that the case had been referred to the Edo State Legal Department for recommendation.
The deceased passenger was mentioned to have chattered an Audi 80 automobile and was travelling in it when the defendants flagged it down.
It was learnt that the deceased passenger was mentioned to have aided his driver to withstand alleged extortion try by the FRSC officers.
The ensuing altercation between the officers and the passenger reportedly paved the best way for the motive force to flee from the scene, leaving the passenger on the mercy of the enraged FRSC operatives, who allegedly descended on and chased him to a close-by bush the place they beat him to demise.
They had been mentioned to have deserted the corpse and fled of their official automobile