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Court remands Benue commissioner in prison

A serving commissioner for Arts and Culture in Benue State, Honourable Sekav Dzua Iortyom, has been remanded in prison by a Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Makurdi.

The Commissioner who jumped police bail in October, 2016 was said to have been arrested shortly after attending an emergency state executive council meeting, at the Government House, on Monday, and was on Tuesday, charged for criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and failure in obedience to an order.

The commissioner was among those charged for the murder of a university lecturer,  Mr Aondosoo Tondo of the University of Mkar.

According to First Information Report (FIR), the commissioner was fingered in the death of the lecturer who was killed in August 11, 2016 and was invited by the police for interrogation, and was given administrative bail but jumped bail.

“During Police investigation Kosovenyi  Kungwa, Emmanuel Nyajo  and Honourable David Yiman were arrested and charged to Chief Magistrates’ court 1,  Makurdi while Honourable Sekav Iortyom (commissioner) who was given administrative bail and appointed to report to the police on October 6, 25 2016 but failed.”

When the case came for hearing on Tuesday, no plea was taken for want of jurisdiction, but the defense counsel,Mr Christian Teeve, entered an oral plea for the bail of the accused but the plea was opposed by the  prosecuting officer,Inspector Gabriel  Agbadu, on the ground that investigation into the matter was still ongoing.

While ruling on the case, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs Felicia Ikyegh, directed that the bail plea be put down in writing, and asked for formal written and ordered that the accused be remanded at the Makurdi Medium Prison. She then adjourned the matter to February 9, 2017 for further mention.

It will be recalled that three persons including Buruku Local Government boss were earlier prosecuted and remanded in Makurdi prison in October 25, 2016  by chief magistrateS’ court 1 in connection with the death of the University lecturer.

The trio had been granted bail by a Federal High Court in Makurdi, last Wednesday.