A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has fixed 15 January 2021, for judgment in the murder case of Jumia delivery agent Chukwuma Eleje, who was killed in 2017 at Ada-George axis of Port Harcourt.
The Defendants Sodienye Mbatumueke and Excel Naabee are standing trial on two-count charges bothering on murder and armed robbery
The Presiding Judge, Justice Chigozie Igwe, reserved judgment after listening to Counsels’ submissions of their final written addresses.
In his submission, Bonaventure Ugwu, the lawyer representing 1st Defendant Sodienye Mbatumueke, urged the court to discharge and acquit his client as the prosecution did not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Lucky Agor, lawyer to 2nd Defendant, Excel Naabee also submitted that the court should discharge and acquit his client as the prosecution failed to prove that Naabee is an accomplice in the murder of late Chukwuma Eleje.
However, the Prosecuting team urged the court to prosecute the 1st and 2nd Defendants as the forty-three exhibits and ten witnesses presented before the court is very cogent.
Our correspondent reports that Chukwuma Eleje was murdered in March 2017, when he went to deliver items ordered online.