Court Remands Pastor, Doctor For Alleged Murder

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A Makurdi Chief Magistrate’s Court on Monday remanded a pastor, Matthew Ekele, and a doctor, Paul Okpeh, for alleged murder.

The two accused persons, resident of Ai-Odu village in Ogbadibo Local Government of Benue, allegedly killed one Matthew Abah.Prosecutor Gabriel Ebonyi told the court that the case was transferred from the Divisional Police Headquarters, Ogbadibo to state CID via a letter.

According to the letter, one Joseph Onyeke, reported at Otukpa Police Station that the pastor conspired with one Indian Igwe, and beat up the deceased.The complainant reported that after the fight, Ekele took the deceased to St. Peters Clinic owned and managed by the second accused person (Okpeh) who was not a certified medical doctor.

He further said that the pastor asked Okpe to perform a surgical operation on the deceased and as a result, he died after the operation.The prosecutor said the accused persons were arrested during police investigation while Igwe was still at large.He said the offence contravened Section 97 and 222 of the Penal Code.No plea was taken.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Dan Ogoh, adjourned the matter to June 26, for mention.

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