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Trial of Murdered Jumia Delivery Agent Stalled over Absence of Medical Doctor in Court

After over two years of trial a federal high court sitting in Port Harcourt has again adjourned till Nov 15, the murder trial of a Jumia delivery agent Mr Eleje Chukwuma who  was murdered in 2017,following the inability of the 6th prosecution witnesses who is a medical doctor to testify in court.

The defendants, Sodienye Mbatumukeke and Excel Naabe who were accused of killing the victim have been coming to court from prison for the past two years on the grounds that the matter will be given an accelerated hearing.

Counsel to the 1st defendant and representative of the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, Barr. Kingdom Chukwuezie however noted that the slow pace of the trial is worrisome, noting that if the prosecution does not show seriousness, he will apply for his client’s bail.

“The prosecution counsel informed the court that the witness had another engagement outside Rivers State and that he could not procure the attendance of the witness in court and prayed the court to give one more adjournment to enable him bring the witness in court on the next day.

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