Teacher remanded in prison for allegedly killing three police officers in Benue

A magistrates court in Makurdi, Benue state has ordered that a teacher be remanded in prison for allegedly murdering three policemen.

The suspect, Mernyi Christopher, is being charged with criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, acts of terrorism, and culpable homicide.

The magistrate, Ajuma Igama, issued the remand order on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, and declined to take the plea of the suspect for want in the jurisdiction, saying that he should be kept in a correctional centre, pending legal advice.

The judge also asked the police to return the case file to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and adjourned the case until February 25, for further mention.

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The police had earlier told the court that the accused committed the offence on December 24, 2020.

Prosecution counsel, Sergeant Ato alleged that Christopher murdered and carted away the rifles of three policemen on guard duty at the residence of the chairman of Katsina-Ala local government area in Benue.

He said the accused was arrested by a police team following a manhunt. The prosecution also told the court that the suspect confessed to committing the offence, alongside other conspirators.

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