Court Remands Delta Politician for Alleged Killing of Wife

Justice Maryam Anenih of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Wednesday, ordered the remand of one Charles Eni-Umukoro in prison custody till May 19 pending the hearing of his bail application.
He was alleged to have killed his wife, Louisa Eni-Umukoro, who until her death was a Director at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The Judge gave the order following the arraignment of the defendant, who pleaded not guilty to charges of culpable homicide filed against him by the Federal government.Eni-Umukoro, a one time Chairman of Sapele Local Government Area in Delta State, pleaded not guilty to the one count charge read before him
Consequently, prosecution counsel led by Jubrin Okutepa SAN, asked the court for an adjournment to enable him respond to the bail application of the defendant and also call his witnesses in the suit.
Responding Justice Anenih, adjourned the matter till May 19 for hearing of the bail application.
The Judge had earlier refused a request for adjournment by Godwin Emagun, counsel to the defendant, on the grounds that he failed to present a justifiable reason for adjournment. Emagun had objected to the prosecution of the case by Okutepa on the grounds that Okutepa being a private lawyer must first obtain a fiat from the Attorney General of the Federation before prosecuting the case.
Emagun had asked: “At what capacity is he appearing”
Okutekpa countered that he was instructed by the Attorney-General of Federation to take over the case.
He said he was a trained prosecuting officer with Itse Sagay-led Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, adding he has been one of prosecuting officers for the Federal Government for about seven years now.
He cited authorities to back his argument and said his presence in the prosecution team was not misplaced.
Okutepa responding further said since there was no objection from the prosecution and the plaintiff there was no need for a fiat. He cited various authorities to support his argument.
Eni-Umukoro is facing a one count charge of culpable homicide. He was accused of killing his wife.
The offence is punishable with death under Section 221 of the Penal Code.
According to the charge signed by Kenneth Ubanwa of the Legal/Prosecution Section of the Force Headquarters, Umukoro allegedly caused the death of the woman by “hitting her on the head which caused internal hemorrhage with the knowledge that her death would be the probable consequence.”
Attached to the charge sheet is an autopsy report from the Department of Morbid Anatomy and Histopathology of the National Hospital in Abuja which shows that the deceased died from ‘subdural hemorrhage’ resulting from two bruises on both sides of the neck, which the doctors said are products of ‘external force.’
The criminal charge followed a complaint by the deceased family, Eliab U. Ukponmwan of Oredo Local Government Area, Edo State, who cited several incidents of violence between the two which he alleged led to the death of Mrs Eni-Umukoro on April 21, 2016.
In a petition to the IGP dated August 17, 2016, the family’s counsel, Barrister Ezekiel Ugochukwu stated that there exists circumstantial evidence against the husband based on the incidents of the evening of April 20, 2016, when she went to the hospital with head injuries.

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