A Excessive courtroom sitting in Awka has discharged and acquitted two remaining suspects standing trial for alleged involvement within the killing of 13 worshipers on August 6, 2017 at St Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo native authorities in Anambra.
Justice Fidelis Aniukwu dominated that the prosecution counsel was unable to show past affordable doubt the allegations levelled towards the defendants, Chinedu Akpunonu and Onyebuchi Mbanefo.
The Choose had in December 2018 discharged two out of the 4 individuals arraigned earlier than a excessive courtroom in November 2017 following the church assault.
Justice Aniukwu argued that the prosecution witnesses couldn’t present any proof linking the defendants with the homicide as alleged.
Reacting to the judgement, the defence counsel, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, described it as landmark in view of the accelerated listening to granted by the presiding Choose.
Keyamo, represented in courtroom by one other counsel, Mr Samuel Echeakputa, nonetheless, mentioned he wouldn’t be shocked if the judgement could be appealed.
“It’s the prosecution’s proper to enchantment the judgement. However from what I witnessed within the courtroom in the present day, will probably be very troublesome for the enchantment courtroom to upturn the judgement,” he mentioned.
The prosecution counsel, Mr Jay Jay Ezeuko, SAN, mentioned he would decide the subsequent step after receiving a duplicate of the judgement.