Five sentenced to death for murdering Rivers vigilante commander

According to Punch, A Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt has handed down death sentences by hanging to five individuals convicted of the murder of Umezuruike Alex, the commander of a local vigilante group known as OSPAC (Onelga Security Peace and Advisory Committee) in Omudioga community, Emohua Local Government Area of the state..READ FULL ARTICLE HERE>>>>>

The court ruled that the convicted individuals, Okechukwu Orji from Atali community in Obio-Akpor; Igwe Promise, Iheanyi Igwe, Morrison Igwe, from Omudioga in Emohua LGA; and Goodness Monday from Akwa Ibom State, should be hanged or given lethal injection until they are confirmed deceased.

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They were found guilty of 10 charges including conspiracy, cultism, murder, and illegal possession of firearms.

In his judgment, Justice Sika Aprioku acquitted the sixth defendant, Alex Deiwe, but convicted and sentenced the remaining five for conspiracy, cultism, illegal possession of firearms, and murder.

The court also noted that the convicted individuals were not only responsible for the murder of the OSPAC commander in Omudioga but were also involved in kidnapping and other criminal activities across the state before their apprehension and subsequent trial.

Outside the courtroom, the prosecution counsel, Essien Edet, a legal officer at the Rivers State Police Command, expressed satisfaction with the verdict, describing it as a just outcome. He emphasized that the judgment would serve as a deterrent to others engaged in similar criminal acts.

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Edet stated, “I can say that justice has been served. It is a case of the murder of the former OSPAC Commander of the Omudioga community in Emuoha LGA. The case has been on for years. It was a case in which this OSPAC Commander was gruesomely murdered and dismembered by this group of criminals.”

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He added, “Today, the court has finally given judgment on the matter, and I believe justice has been served. It is a lesson to all those who are going about committing heinous crimes, killing people, taking the lives of human beings as if such are not valuable that justice is also coming after them except they repent.”

The incident, which took place in 2021, involved the former OSPAC commander being killed, beheaded, and his body parts dismembered by the cultists who viewed him as a hindrance to their criminal operations in the area..READ FULL ARTICLE HERE>>>>>