Asaba: Court sentences policeman to death for killing phone repairer 

A High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta state has sentenced a police officer, Inspector Ubi Ebri, to death for killing a phone repairer.

The court presided over by Justice C. D Diai found the defendant guilty of all the charges leveled against him and was committed to death.

The prosecution, led by a director in the Ministry of Justice, Mr E.H Edema, told the court that the policeman killed Mr. Emmanuel Ibeh Onyeka, a telephone repairer/seller.

The prosecution, Messrs E.H Edema and Michael Ayogbe, said the defendant was part of a police patrol team that mounted a stop and search exercise on 5th of April, 2023, along the  Ugbolu Asaba road in the state capital. 

The deceased, Mr Emmanuel Onyeka Ibeh, and his wife were driving from Ugbolu to Asaba when they were flagged down by the police team for search.  

Mr. Edema told the court that the deceased complied with the request but after waiting for a while to be searched, and they were not been attended to, the deceased decided to pull off and move away.

Infuriated by the action of the deceased, the defendant immediately opened fire into the vehicle and bullets hit the deceased on the head and he died instantly.

The prosecution said the wife of the deceased who sat in the front seat with him was unhurt.

It will be recalled that the killing of the deceased by the defendant led to a heavy protest by youth in Asaba.

Shortly after the judgement, Mr Edema told Journalists that, “today’s judgment is a landmark judgment because justice has been served in this case to the deceased and the society at large.” 

Mr. Fidel Ifeanyi Ibeh, elder brother of the deceased, who witnessed the judgment also commended the court for delivering justice to his family.

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