Court fixes 22-23 of May for trail within trail
From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The inability of the prison officials to produce three suspects, Doubra Ogbe, Emmanuel Gladstone and Pere Matthew, who have been standing trial for an alleged murder of ex-militant leader, Soboma George stalled “trail within trail” procedure at the court sitting in Port Harcourt High Court yesterday.
The Presiding Judge, Justice George Omereji who was unhappy over the delay in the matter, advised both the prosecuting and the defense counsels to ensure that the suspects were produce in court in the next sitting date.
Justice Omereji, the trail judge, adjourned till 22nd and 23rd of May for what he called “trail within trail”, adding that it would not take him enough time to conclude on the issue of trail within trail.
The Judge also overruled the issue that some people have been paraded by the Rivers State police Command who have confessed to the crime, stressing that whatever confession given on the matter would not stop court proceeding.
It would be recalled that the Rivers State Police Command at the weekend paraded another suspected killer of ex-militant Leader, Late Soboma Goerge, after confessing that they were responsible for the death of militant leader.
The trio of Doubra Ogbe, Emmanuel Gladstone and Pere Matthew who have pleaded not guilty on the matter have been standing trial for the murder of George since 2010.
Mr. Ibiloye Nahiru, Counsel to one of the accused persons who spoke with our correspondent outside the court room expressed displeasure over the absence of his client in court.
He complained that absence of the accused in court has been the major challenges in speeding up justice in the matter.