Sodienye Mbatumukeke and Excel Naabe, two of the suspected murderers of Chukwuma Eleje, a delivery agent of eCommerce platform Jumia have been remanded in custody following an order by a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The two supects and one Joy Eluwa were arrested after Eleje was declared missing and his body discovered from a septic tank on Ada-Ede Street, Shell Location Mgbuoba, Port Harcourt.
Eleje had gone to deliver some phones at the residence of the suspects.
According to PUNCH, Sodienye and Excel were arraigned by police prosecutor, Inspector Jonas Rufus before Chief Magistrate Amadi Amadi-Nna on Monday. Joy was not part of the arraignment.
The suspects, who were without a counsel, were arraigned on three counts of robbery, conspiracy, and murder.
After the charges were read, Chief Magistrate Amadi-Nna said that the court lacked the jurisdiction to judge the matter due to the gravity of the allegations, adding that he will send the case to the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.
Amadi-Nna added that the accused could seek bail at a State High Court.