Nigerian Teacher Accused Of Killing Three Policemen In Benue, Remanded In Prison

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A Magistrates’ Court in Makurdi, Benue State on Tuesday ordered that a teacher, Mernyi Christopher, who allegedly murdered three policemen be remanded in a correctional centre, pending legal advice.

 

The police charged Christopher, who lives in Katsina-Ala town in Benue State, with criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, act of terrorism and culpable homicide.

 

Magistrate Ajuma Igama, who did not take the plea of Christopher for want in jurisdiction, ordered the police to return the case file to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

 

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Igama adjourned the case until February 25 for further mention.

 

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Sergeant Ato Godwin, told the court that Christopher was arrested by a team of “Operation Zenda” led by Sergeant Tivsue Godwin, following a manhunt for a notorious syndicate terrorizing Katsina-Ala town.

 

The syndicate, he alleged, on December 24, 2020, invaded the residence of the Chairman of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, Alfred Avalumun, and gruesomely murdered three policemen on guard and carted away their AK 47 rifles.

 

During police investigation, Godwin said, the suspect confessed to committing the offense alongside one Aondofa Chekele and some others at large.

 

 

 

The prosecution said the investigation into the matter was still in progress and prayed the court for an adjournment.

 

He said the offense contravened the provisions of sections 6(b) 1(1)(2)(a)(b) of the Robbery and Firearms Special provisions  Act 2004 , Section 4 of the Abduction, hostage-taking, kidnapping, a secret cult, and similar activities Prohibition Law of Benue State 2017 and Section 222 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue State 2004.

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