Lucky Obukohwo Reporting
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has remanded a 400 Level student of Petrochemical Engineering of the University of Port Harcourt, Damian Okoligwe, in a correctional centre for alleged murder.
Okoligwe was accused of killing his girlfriend, Justina Otuene, a 300 Level student of Biochemistry Department at the same institution.
When the matter came up in court, yesterday, the Prosecuting Counsel, pleaded with the court to remand the accused based on the magnitude of the crime, a request which was not objected to by the defence counsel, O.G Nweke.
The trial Chief Magistrate, Nnenda Obiageri-Onugbum, after listening to both counsels in the matter, ruled that the accused, Okoligwe, should be remanded in the Port Harcourt Correctional Centre and ordered that the case file be transferred to the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.
The Chief Magistrate, Obiageri-Onugbum, thereafter adjourned the case till December 15, 2023, for DPP report.
Okoligwe was arrested by the police after his neighbours raised the alarm over his attempt to dispose of the dead body of his girlfriend, Otuene, whom he allegedly killed and chopped off some parts of the body.
He was further paraded at the Rivers State Police Command, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, where he admitted that the girl died in his house, but that he met her dead body when he returned from his friend’s place.