Charity Aiyedogbon: Amended charge stalls bail application of lawyer, two others charged with murder

A disbarred lawyer, Emeka Ugwuonye who is standing trial on several charges including alleged murder of Charity Aiyedogbon, a businesswoman, will remain in prison custody, as his application for bail was put on hold due to an amended charge by the police.

Mr Ugwuonye was remanded in prison on December 13, 2018, following his arraignment by the police on a 10-count charge of extortion, impersonation, injurious falsehood and false information.

At the resumed trial on Thursday, the charges were read to Mr Ogwuonye who pleaded not guilty after Police counsel Edwin Ochai, informed the court that the previous charges have been amended.

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“The matter is fixed for a bail application. however, after the last adjourned date, there was further development that necessitated amendments on the charge.”

He further prayed the court for an adjournment for hearing.
Counsel to Ogwuonye, Ifeanyi Chukwu, drew attention to two applications pending before the court. Although both applications are motions seeking bail for the defendant, the first was dated December 11, 2018, while the second was dated January 7, 2019.

Mr chukwu prayed the court to strike out the first application with suit number m/1489/18, because “an exhibit (A) referred to in the application was omitted at the point of filing”. He also urged the court to hear the bail application.

Opposing the motion for bail, Mr Ochai faulted the bail application. He stated that the motion was predicated on the previous charge filed by the police dated November 13, 2018, and not the amended charge dated January 9, 2019.

Ochai also asked the court for more time to file another response to the submissions of the defence based on the new charge since.
However, the defence argued that its motion for bail is not void since the police only amended the charge but did not change
The judge, Justice Modupe Osho-Adebiyi struck out the said application.

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