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3/23/2021

Rage As Court Sentences Murderer Of Salome Abuh, To 12 Years Imprisonment

 



Angry Reactions As Court Sentences Ocholi Edicha To 12 Years Imprisonment For Burning PDP Woman Leader Salome Abuh Alive.



Nigerians have taken to various social media platforms to vent their anger following a High Court 1, sitting in Idah in Kogi State presided by Justice Ajayi, today which saw the conviction and sentencing of one Ocholi Edicha over the gruesome murder of  Mrs. Salome Abuh, the woman leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).


MediaOrchid recalls that Late Salome Abuh the erstwhile Ochadamu Ofu Local government area PDP Woman leader was attacked during the November 2019 Governorship election in Kogi state by hired thugs alleged to be loyal to the ruling party and burnt alive in her matrimonial home in Ochadamu, Ofu LGA for gallantly delivering the entire ofu LGA a supposed stronghold of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to her Party the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).


Lawyers from the Ministry of Justice and the Solicitor General’s office have however vowed to challenge the ruling, describing it as a surprise and not enough punishment for the offences committed.


Read also : 

Family of PDP Woman Leader Burnt Alive In Kogi Unveil Foundation In Memory Of Deceased. 

 ..... Cries Out To Government, International Community For Justice. 

https://www.mediaorchid.com.ng/2020/11/exclusive-family-of-woman-leader-burnt.html


According to Barr Otigbe Joseph, the judgment came as surprise, saying it would be challenged as the sentence cannot be equated to the offences committed which bothered on killing.



The defendant Ocholi Edicha was arraigned on the offences of criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, mischief by fire and culpable homicide.



Delivering his judgment, Justice Ajayi convicted the suspect for culpable homicide not punishable with death.


During the trial, the prosecution had called five witnesses while the court agreed with oral testimony and eyewitness account alongside statement made to the Nigeria Police and held it to be sufficient to secure the conviction of the defendant.


The defendant denied making a statement to the Nigeria Police but was quick to challenge and accept some aspect of the statement.


The court convicted and sentenced the defendant to 12 years and 6 months Imprisonment.


Nigerians are currently reacting to the Judgement stressing that the punishment given it is too light compared to the gravity of the offense. 

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