Court remands four policemen for torturing citizen Chima to death

A Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has remanded four policemen in the Correctional Center for allegedly torturing Chima Ikwunado to death.

The policemen, who were members of the Eagle Crack, a special squad under the state police command, reportedly killed Chima and inflicted various degrees of injuries on three others while in detention in police a cell.

The command earlier dismissed the operatives identified as Ayogu Fidelis, Rose Georgewill, Eke Chibuzor and Egbunefu Felix, for unprofessionalism.

The suspect were arraigned before the Magistrate Court on Tuesday on seven-count of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and unlawful assault.

They, however, pleaded not guilty when they charges were read to them.

The Chief Magistrate, Promise Iruanya, who declined to grant the suspects bail remanded them in the Correctional Centre and ordered that the case file should be transferred ti the Directorate of Public Prosecution for legal advice.

Iroanya added that the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the matter and adjourned the case to September 19th for legal advice.

The Magistrate explained that while the court lacked Jurisdiction to entertain count one to three of the charges, count four to seven could be handled by the court.

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