Makurdi Court Acquits 7 Of Criminal Conspiracy

Makurdi Court Acquits 7 Of Criminal Conspiracy

Henry Ibya, Makurdi

Makurdi High Court presided over by Justices W.I Kpochi and T.T Asue has upturned the judgement of Naka Magistrate Court in favour of seven appellants sentenced to one year imprisonment.

Counsel to the appellants, Gande Kange, Ordai Akaave, Abakpa Makondo, Aondover Ayu, Gwaza Iorkyaa, Iorundu Kuruku and Richard Igbawua, Barrister John Ioryina told the court that his clients were dragged to Naka Magistrate Court by Jato Ikye and Godwin Shor over charges of criminal conspiracy and trespass and slammed with one year jail term but the convicts were not satisfied, hence their decision to appeal the judgement.

Delivering judgement, Justice Asua, who read the judgement on behalf of his colleague, said evidence before the court had demonstrated that the appeal had merit.

According to the learned jurists, the magistrate did not evaluate at the time of trial, the evidence presented before it before pronouncing judgement against the appellant. They equally faulted the lower court’s decision on the grounds that it did not see anything in the evidence presented before it to show that the tittle of ownership of the disputed land was given to the appellants.

The court therefore held that the appellants appeal had merit and set aside the one year sentence earlier pronounced by the lower court, and accordingly discharged and acquitted them.

Reacting to the judgement, Ioryina described it as sound, pointing out that the high court’s decision to upturn the lower court’s verdict has corrected the injustice done to his clients.

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