By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Edo State High court in Benin City has deferred the bail application of Chief Johnson Aseleghe, the Iyasere of Warri kingdom in Delta State to September 14, 2020.
The trial judge, Justice Efe Ikpomwonba gave the ruling after listening to the submissions of the various counsels involved in the case.
Chief Aseleghe was re-arraigned along with eleven others on Thursday in a fresh amended by Edo State Command of Nigeria Police in connection with the alleged disappearance and murder of Mr Sunny Etchie, the youth leader of Kolokolo Community in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.
The offence is punishable under Sections 516, 324, 316, (319) (1) of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C38 laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004, and punishable under Section 3 of the kidnapping prohibition (amendment) law 2013 of Edo State.
Earlier, the Chief Prosecutor and State Counsel Mr. E. Ederaro, dismissed the bail application of Mr Johnson Aseleghe who was remanded in Oko prison on order of the court in June 2020.
Ederaro, opposed the medical report that was tendered by the Counsel, Mr Presly Okojie, alleging that the report was not properly signed and therefore the document was unknown to law.
But, Mr Okojie while countering the allegation told the court that his Client was innocent in the charges preferred against Aseleghe and eleven other accused persons.
Counsel to Kolokolo and the family of Olayiwola Afolabi told newsmen after the hearing that the argument and counter argument were entertained by the judge.
According to Afolabi, ‘argument has commenced on the bail application on Johnson Aseleghe his lawyer argues for him and the counsel also argued and opposed and the case adjourned till September 14, 2020.
Our Correspondent reports that Mr P. O Odion Esq, legal Officer of the legal/Prosecution section, SCID, police headquarters, Benin City, had filed a motion on June 30, 2020 on behalf of the commissioner of Police against Johnson Aseleghe and eleven others which bothers on felony, conspiracy, kidnapping and murder.