A High Court sitting in Abakiliki, Ebonyi State, yesterday sentenced two persons to death by hanging. Onyemachi Oge and Okechukwu Oma were sentenced for kidnapping a medical doctor, Dr Manyike Chuka.
Accused alongside them as conspirators are Chukwuemeka Levi, Idris Oken, Edeke Desmond and Ijeoma oge. The incident, which happened on the 5th of May, 2013 at his private hospital, No 15 Owerri street Abakaliki also involved the killing of Dr Manyinke’s security man, Peter, who was shot when he tried to prevent the kidnappers from abducting his boss.
The sum of N3million ransom was paid before the release of the medical doctor after six days in captivity. Oge and Oma got N200, 000 from the total ransom paid.
Oge supplied the refreshments used when Dr Manyinke was in custody of the kidnappers while Oma, who owns a fashion designing outfit opposite Manyinke’s hospital, provided information and directives for the operation. All the accused persons have been in prison custody since the incident.
Delivering judgment on the matter yesterday at High court 3, the trial judge, Justice Eze Udu said the prosecution counsel; I. I Anikwe proved his case against Onyemachi Oge, the 4th accused person, and Chukwu Oma, 6th accused person, in the case beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced them to death by hanging.
He discharged and acquitted the 1st accused person (Levi), 2nd accused person (Oken), 3rd accused person (Desmond) and 5th accused person (Oge) and however recommended that Ijeoma Oge the 5th accused and the husband who is at large be charged for conspiracy and kidnapping for allowing their house to be used in keeping the victim during the incident.
In his reaction, counsel to the 3rd, 4th and 5th accused persons, Barrister D.I Njoku said he is already preparing to appeal the judgment against the 4th accused person who was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging.