2 SUSPECTS REMANDED IN MISSING LABOUR PARTY CANDIDATE KIDNAPPING CASE

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Anambra High Court in Nnewi has taken a significant step towards unraveling the mystery behind the disappearance of Chief Obiora Agbasimelo, the Labour Party candidate in the 2021 Anambra State gubernatorial election.

Two individuals, Jude Chukwudi Odimegwu and Nwokolo Chukwudi Maxwell, find themselves at the heart of this case, facing criminal charges related to the alleged kidnapping of Agbasimelo during a campaign tour in Lilu, Ihiala local government area, just before the election. 

As the courtroom drama unfolded, the prosecution and defense teams engaged in a battle of wits. Charity Madukaife, an Assistant Director of Prosecution, and Chima Gift, counsel to the first defendant, Jude Chukwudi Odimegwu, were both present, setting the stage for a legal showdown. 

However, the absence of counsel for Nwokolo Maxwell led to an adjournment of the proceedings, with the next court date set for October 27, 2023, under the watchful eye of presiding judge Justice C N Mbonu-Nwenyi.

Justice Mbonu-Nwenyi, displaying unwavering commitment to justice, issued a stern warning against any further delays in the prosecution of the case, emphasizing that it is the defense and not the court that has been contributing to the prolonged legal process. 

The nation watches as the courtroom becomes a battleground for truth and justice. The Department of State Services (DSS) had previously arraigned the accused individuals in a Magistrate court sitting at Awka, where they were charged with conspiracy and kidnapping, holding them in custody without allowing them to enter a plea. 

The charges stem from the events of September 18, 2021, when, according to the prosecution, the accused persons orchestrated the disappearance of Obiorah Agbasimalo, whose whereabouts remain unknown to this day. 

These charges, as stated by the prosecution, violate Sections 495 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 36, Vol. II, Revised Laws of Anambra State of Nigeria, 1991, and 315 (2) (a) (b) (c) of the Criminal Code (Amended) Law of Anambra State of Nigeria, 2009. 

The court's decision also included an order for the police to transfer the case file to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice. 

The DPP subsequently filed the same two-count charges of conspiracy and kidnapping, alleging that the accused individuals, armed with guns and other offensive weapons, forcibly kidnapped Obiorah Agbasimalo and subsequently demanded a ransom totaling N7 million from his family for his release—a startling revelation that deepens the intrigue surrounding this case.



                                 

                         

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