A Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt has remanded Sunny Bekanwa, a former Caretaker Committee Chairman of Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, under the administration of the immediate past governor.
Bekanwa is accused of having sponsored the cultists who killed two prominent sons of Ogoni, Dr Lucky Keena and Engineer Deyaa Dunsara, in Khana Local Government Area, an offence for which some individuals are already standing trial at the Rivers State High Court.
When the matter came up for plea, Godday Amadi, the prosecution counsel, informed the court of remand proceedings against Bekanwa, a lecturer at Ken Saro Wiwa Polytechnic.
The charges against Bekanwa border on murder, cultism, and sponsorship of cult activities.
Amadi asked the court to remand the suspect at the Port Harcourt Correctional Facility, citing Section 302 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Rivers State, to enable him to amend his charge at the State High Court to include other defendants standing trial for the same offence.
DAILY POST reports that the Chief Magistrate, Nnenda Obiageri-Onugbum, after listening to the prosecution and the defence counsel, Emmanuel George, ordered that the accused be remanded in the Port Harcourt Correctional Centre and adjourned until December 1, 2023, for proper arraignment and possible bail consideration.
The court also directed that Henry Barikui-Dele, who is also charged with cultism, possession of illegal firearms, and the murder of Keena and Dunsara, be remanded in the Port Harcourt Correctional Facility following the remand warrant presented by the prosecution counsel.
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