By The World Satellite.
A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital has sentenced three Suspects in the murder of Ex-Niger Delta militant; Soboma George and a groundnut seller, Joy John Ejims, to death. Soboma George and Joy John Ejims were murdered in a football field at Nembe street, Borokiri axis of Port Harcourt Local Government Area of the state on 24th August, 2010.
Justice George Omereji, who delivered Judgement in the matter that lasted for 10 years on Thursday, ruled that the three Suspects; Dougbra Ogbe, Emmanuel Gladstone’s and Bere Matthew, shall be hanged on the neck till their death for conspiracy and murder.
Also, in his ruling, Justice Omereji noted that the Prosecuting Counsel was able prove his case beyond reasonable doubts with the evidence from an eyewitness; Emmanuel Eniete, who sustained bullet injury on his hand on the day of the incident. “The evidence and testimonies of the eyewitness proved that the Suspects committed the crime”, Justice Omereji said.
Further in his Ruling, Justice Omereji stated that the confessional statement made by the Suspects, claiming that they killed Soboma George because he wanted to kill them for refusing to kill the former Governor of Rivers State; Rotimi Amaechi and the then Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, proved that they were guilty of the crime.
While speaking to Newsmen shortly after the Judgement, Prosecuting Counsel; Ipalibo Botoye, expressed gladness that justice has been served after ten years of Prosecuting the matter, adding that he is ever ready to defend his Prosecution should they proceed to Appeal court.
According to our correspondent, the Court premises witnessed the presence of heavy security operatives consequent upon the presence of friends and Associates of the late Soboma George, which was led by Johnson Solomon.
President of Niger Delta Youth for Transparency Democracy, who is also a Friend and Associate of the late Soboma George, while describing the Ex-Niger Delta Militant as a great Niger Delta Leader who fought in the struggle of the Niger Delta, averred that the Judgement was well deserved as Justice has prevailed.
It would be recalled that the Defendants, who are from Bayelsa State committed the crime in Port Harcourt and fled to Ondo State where they were arrested after been declared wanted by the police for killing Soboma George and a groundnut seller Joy John-Ejims.