Many weeks after his arrest and detention, the trial of suspected a ritualist, Ifeanyi Dike, commenced on Friday, January 12, at the Rivers state high court 9, where he was arraigned before Justice Adolphus Enebeli.
Ifeanyi Dike is alleged to have murdered an eight-year-old girl, Chikamso Favour, in August 2017, after defiling her and harvesting her gen*tals.
Also arraigned before Justice Adolphus Enebeli are: Ogochukwu Nnamiro (Second Accused Person) and Sergeant Johnbosco Okoroeze (Third Accused Person). They were arraigned as accessories after the fact.
NAIJ.com learnt that a mild drama however occurred in court as Ifeanyi Dike gave a loud shout after his case was mentioned. Thereafter, he refused to take his plea.
His counsel, Lizinna Ameegua urged the court to order that a mental examination be carried out on him to ascertain his mental status. Justice Enebeli declined the request.
Thereafter, Ifeanyi Dike collapsed in court. The court entered a plea of not guilty for him while the second and third accused persons pleaded not guilty.
The matter was adjourned to January 16, 26 and 29, 2018, for definite hearing. Justice Enebeli said that the matter would be heard on a day to day basis.
Earlier in the court, counsel to Ifeanyi Dike, suspected ritualist, Lizinna Ameegua raised objection to the trial on the ground that the information filed by the prosecution was incomplete. He urged the court to discharge the first accused person. The court dismissed the injection.
Addressing journalists after the adjournment, Rivers state attorney general and commissioner of Justice, Emmanuel Aguma (SAN) said he expects the case to be heard expeditiously.
He said that no party in the case is entitled to more than three adjournments in the course of the hearing.
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He said one of the reasons for the adjournment on Friday was for Ifeanyi Dike to get medical attention.
Secretary of the International Federation of Female Lawyers, FIDA, Barrister Nnenna Igbokwe expressed confidence that justice will be achieved now that trial has commenced.
NAIJ.com earlier reported how the police re-arrested Ifeanyi Dike, the 23-year-old student of the University of Port Harcourt, in Plateau state days after he escaped from detention in Rivers state and was declared wanted by the Nigeria Police Force.
He had been arrested for killing Victory Chikamso Mezu and removing her body parts for ritual.
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