Sequel to the alleged murder of a police sergeant Lovender Elekwachi at Eneka last week, the Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday arraigned former police Sergeant Bitrus Osaiah, before a magistrate court in Port Harcourt for the murder of his 28 years old colleague who was on active duty before her untimely death.
The police Sergent Bitrus Osaiah was arraigned before a Chief magistrate Ipalibo Iyiabo who after hearing the matter declined jurisdiction saying the court lacks jurisdiction to try the suspect, looking at the nature of the crime. The Chief magistrate instructed that the case file be transfer to the department of Public Prosecution for legal advice, and adjourned the matter to the 26th of May 2020 for further hearing ordering that the suspect be remanded at SCID.
However, when the suspect, Bitrus Osaiah was asked to take his plea in court, he denied knowledge of the incident, insisting he was not at the scene of the incident let alone pulled any trigger.
The police OC legal of the Rivers State Police command, Gladys Imegu said the crime was a capital offence and the case file would be transfer to the Department of Public prosecution for legal advice as instructed by the magistrate.