Killer Cops: Calabar High Court Remands 14 Dismissed Policemen, Adjourns Ruling On Bail Application

In Breaking News, National News, Politics, Reports

By CrossRiverWatch admin

Sergeant Anthony Idoko - one of the accused killer cops
Sergeant Anthony Idoko – one of the accused killer cops

A High Court of Cross River State sitting in Calabar and presided over by the Honorable Justice Michael Edem, has remanded 14 dismissed police officers in police custody pending ruling on a contentious bail application by the defence lawyers.

The dismissed officers are standing trial in Charge No. HC/2C/2016 for the murder of one Derek Maurice Ben and 5 others who were killed extra-judicially by the police last year.

The trial which came up yesterday 8th February, 2016, witnessed a contentious bail application by the legal counsel to the accused persons urging the court to admit the dismissed officers to bail pending their trial.

The defence lawyers predicated their application on a legal opinion earlier written by the State Director of Public Prosecution which exonerated the accused persons and also the fact that the accused had been in prolonged detention without trial.

But the prosecution counsel keenly and vigorously opposed the bail application saying that the legal advice for which the defence predicated their application had long been reviewed by the Honorable Attorney General based on new facts that emerged from further investigation into the matter.

He also reminded the court that though bail is at the discretion of the Court, the accused are standing trial for a capital offence and therefore bail cannot be granted as a matter of course.

He finally drew the attention of the Court to the fact that the accused persons were already having a field day as shortly before court sitting yesterday, they openly identified one of the named witnesses in the case and ordered a Court duty police officer to search him.

The learned prosecutor therefore submitted that if the accused persons are admitted to bail, they will pose a potential threat to witnesses and other persons who may not have been favourably disposed to the case of the defence.

However in a brief comment, the presiding Judge stated that he cannot take notice of what did not take place in his presence.

In a short ruling, the learned Justice adjourned the case to Monday 15th February, 2016 for ruling on the bail application.

He further granted the request of the defence lawyers that the accused persons be remanded in police custody instead of the Afokang Prisons.

Members of the public have continued to express their worry and concern as to why the accused persons are sent to their former colleagues at the State Police Headquarters for custody, rather than the usual Afokang Prisons were awaiting trial inmates are kept.

Since You Are Here, Support Good Journalism

CrossRiverWatch was founded on the ideals of deploying tech tools to report in an ethical manner, news, views and analysis with a narrative that ensures transparency in governance, a good society and an accountable democracy.

Everyone appreciates good journalism but it costs a lot of money. Nonetheless, it cannot be sacrificed on the altar of news commercialisation.

Consider making a modest contribution to support CrossRiverWatch's journalism of credibility and integrity in order to ensure that all have continuous free access to our noble endeavor.


New Feature: Don't miss any of our news again.Get all our articles in your facebook chat box.Click the Facebook Messenger Icon below to subscribe now

Text Advert by CRWatch :Place Yours

Will You To Learn How To Make Millions Of Naira Making Special Creams From Your Kitchen?.Click Here

Expose Your Business And Make More Sales. Advertise On Today

You may also read!

Court To Deliver Judgement On Death Of A’lbom Job Seeker August 4

By Iniobong Ekponta, Leadership Newspaper Listen To The Report The protracted legal battle in search of justice for the


Cross River: Justice Bassey Ebute Dismiss Free Basic Education Suit, Say Claimant Lacks ‘Locus Standi’

By Jonathan Ugbal  Listen To The Report A High Court of Cross River State presided over by Justice Bassey


Cholera: Taraba, Cross River Lead Infection As NCDC Confirms 74 Deaths

By The Whistler Listen To Rhe Report The Nigeria Center for Disease Control has announced that a total of


Leave a reply:

Your email address will not be published.

Mobile Sliding Menu

Share this now