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Indian hemp dealer sentenced to death for killing policeman

An Anambra State High Court sitting in  Otuocha has sentenced one Chukwuebuka Nneji-Olona to death by hanging for the murder of a policeman, late Corporal…

An Anambra State High Court sitting in  Otuocha has sentenced one Chukwuebuka Nneji-Olona to death by hanging for the murder of a policeman, late Corporal Oluwadaini Temidayo, at Oye-Olisa market, Ogbunike, in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State. 

Chukwuebuka identified as major indian hemp dealers at the market, killed the police officer by beating him to death with dangerous weapons such stones and wooden planks,on the 2nd day of May, 2014.

The is contrary to section 274(1) of the criminal code.

According to  the prosecuting counsel, Mrs Stella Ofokansi, the deceased police corporal was a corrupt policeman, working at Nteje Divisional Police Station who regularly visited the shops of Indian hemp dealers at Oye-Olisa market every month demanding and collecting bribes from the illicit drug dealers in order to keep quiet over their illegal business.

But luck ran out on him when he stormed the market in company of other police officers to raid the shops of the illegal Indian hemp sellers, having visited the previous day to collect his usual share

However, the action of the officer brought about so much anger, resistance and resentment from the drug peddlers that they physically assaulted him with stones and woods leading to his sudden death.

The defendant, feeling guilty that he killed the victim in cold blood and for fear of being caught, ran to the house of a herbalist known as Ajana-Oyibo to do a spiritual work that would free him from the guilt of killing the deceased which was disturbing him.

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