Witness tells court accused wrongly implicated
Mrs Ngozi Ojiego, a witness to an armed robbery case involving one Chijioke Chibiko before an Enugu State High Court, has said the accused was wrongly implicated by a maidservant.
Chibiko and others at large were accused of robbing a Blackberry phone worth N95,000, Samsung phone worth N17,000, five Nokia phones worth N60,000 each and other belongings of one Pastor Chika Ihedinma and family.
The robbery was alleged to have occurred on Feb. 28, 2013 in the pastor’s residence at Trans-Ekulu, Enugu.
Testifying before the court on Wednesday, Ojiego said that the accused person was the son of her sister, Mrs Oluchi Chibiko, and had lived with her for eight years.
She told the court that her nephew was in the house on the night the armed robbery occurred.
The witness said that the accused on the fateful day was at home throughout the night as he came back from work by 6 p.m. and started taking care of her sick husband.
“I got to know about the robbery the next day when the landlady of the robbed yard broke the news to us.
“The pastor’s maid servant claimed that she knew one of the robbers and that one of them looked like my nephew,’’ she said.
She also said that the complainant came and begged her family in 2015, saying that it was the maid servant that caused the problem.
The employer of the accused, Mr Justus Ekwugha, who also testified in defence of the accused, said that he worked for him in his hair salon.
He said that the accused used to come to work in the morning and closed by 6 p.m.
“Nobody came to my shop to look for me concerning the case. He has been a good staff.
“I did not see any police officer at my shop talk more of making a statement to them and if somebody looked for me, I was not informed’’.
The presiding judge, Justice Afam Nwobodo, ordered counsel to the defence, Mr Chris Utazi, and the state counsel, Mrs Caroline Avah, to file and serve their addresses within 21 days.
He adjourned the matter to Sept. 25 for adoption. ##