The Anambra state most wanted criminal suspect, Mr Ikechukwu Udensi (alias Ikanda), recently arrested by the Police, has been remanded in prison custody at Onitsha prison till Thursday 30th May 2019.
Ikanda, who was paraded by the state police commissioner on Monday, was on Friday, arraigned before Chief Magistrate, Chioma Amuche of Magistrate Court Two Onitsha in respect of his involvement in the murder of an Onitsha-based businessman late Ndubuisi Nwokolo.
He allegedly committed the crime on Friday 29th June 2018 in company of five others at large including Tochukwu Aneke, Eze Okwuchukwu and Ebuka Udensi.
Council to the complainant, Chief Barr Charles Okafor commended the Nigerian Police Force for arresting Ikanda and ensuring his prosecution for murder case.
According to Okafor, “We are looking upon the judiciary to deliver justice in this case. The Magistrate Court Onitsha has no jurisdiction to try the case presided over by Magistrate Chioma Amuche. The only thing she has power to do is to remand the accused person; after which we are coming back on May 30, 2019 for compliance.
“The compliance is to ensure that the case file is forwarded to Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for which the case would be referred to Onitsha High Court which has powers and jurisdiction to entertain murder cases.”
In the court to witness the court proceedings were former chairman, Onitsha Market Amalgamated Traders Association (OMATA), Chief Godwin Okeke; the mother, father and wife of the deceased (Ndubuisi Nwokolo), among others.
Outside the courtroom were protesters with placards of different inscriptions, demanding fierce justice against Ikanda who allegedly killed one of their own.
Speaking to newsmen, the chairman of Ogalonye Bright Street Line, Main Market Onitsha, Mr Francis Maduka said they demanded justice to put an end to the alleged atrocity in the state.
He said: “Every right thinking person in Anambra state understood that Ikanda was declared wanted for many killing atrocities he has committed in Onitsha. Although he has those backing him up, he takes the state as though it was his personal property; that’s why he killed the deceased.”