A federal high court which sat today in Akwa, Anambra State capital freed all the suspects linked to the Ozubulu massacre.
The two remaining Ozubulu massacre suspects identified as Chinedu Akpunonu and Onyebuchi Mbanefo who were standing trial for alleged involvement in the killing of worshipers in the Anambra, were freed by the court after the prosecution counsel was unable to prove beyond reasonable doubt the allegations.
Recall that the Judge had in December 2018, discharged two out of the four persons initially arraigned over the incident in which no fewer than 13 persons were killed at St Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu.
Reacting to the judgement, the defence counsel, Mr. Festus Keyamo SAN, described it as landmark in view of the accelerated hearing granted by the presiding Judge. Keyamo, represented in court by another counsel, Mr Samuel Echeakputa, however said he would not be surprised if the judgement would be appealed.
“It’s the prosecution’s right to appeal the judgement. But from what I witnessed in the court today, it will be very difficult for the appeal court to upturn the judgement,” he said. One of the defendants, Mr Chinedu Akpunonu, was full of gratitude to God for vindicating him from what he described as attempt by some persons to smear his reputation.