Court remands 3 for killing top NNPC official

An Abuja High Court on Thursday ordered three accused persons standing trial for the alleged killing of a top NNPC official, Afshatu Abdullahi, to be remanded in Kuje prison.

The accused persons, Chiwendu Hart-Amanya, 30; Kenneth Chigozie, 21; and Ejike Igbe, 18, were arraigned before Justice Hussein Yusuf on a six count charge of felony and murder of Ms. Abdullahi in November 2011.

The prosecution counsel, Sam Longe, told the court that Mr. Hart-Amanya was a house help, while Mr. Chigozie was the driver to the deceased.

He said that Mr. Igbe on the other hand was arrested in Imo while in possession of some of the cheque books of the victim.

Mr. Longe told the court that the three persons conspired and murdered Ms.Abdullahi in her house located off Ladoke Akintola Boulevard in Garki II, Abuja.

The prosecution alleged that the suspects dumped the corpse in a freezer in her kitchen.

He also told the court that the three accused persons, thereafter, stole two cars belonging to the deceased, an Infinity Nissan SUV and a Toyota SUV, her ATM cards, jewellery and undisclosed amount of money.

The offence contravened Sections 315, 316, 317 and 318 of the Penal Code.

After the charges were read to them, the trio pleaded not guilty and the Judge ordered them to be remanded in Kuje prison till February 24, for the next hearing.

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