A High Court 1, sitting in Idah in Kogi State, has convicted and sentenced one Ocholi Edicha to 12 years and six months imprisonment for the killing of Mrs. Salome Abuh, the woman leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Mrs. Abuh, a woman leader of the PDP in Kogi State was murdered in an arson attack following the governorship election in Kogi State in November 2019. The killing shocked the nation.
However, lawyers from the Ministry of Justice and the Solicitor General’s office have vowed to challenge the ruling, describing it as a surprise and not enough punishment for the offences committed.
Barr. Otigbe Joseph said the judgment was a surprise, saying it would be challenged as the sentence cannot be equated to the offences committed which bothered on killing.
The defendant was arraigned on the offences of criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, mischief by fire and culpable homicide.
Delivering his judgment, Justice Ajayi convicted the suspect for culpable homicide not punishable with death.
During the trial, the prosecution had called five witnesses to support its case against the suspect for the killing of the deceased woman leader of the PDP in Kogi State.
While the court agreed with oral testimony and eyewitness account alongside the statement made to the Nigeria Police and held it to be sufficient to secure the conviction of the defendant.
The defendant denied making a statement to the Nigeria Police but was quick to challenge and accept some aspect of the statement.
It would be recalled that the deceased, Mrs. Abuh was shot and set ablaze at her resident in Ochadamu in Ofu Local Government Area, Kogi State on November 18, 2019.