A High Court in Port Harcourt has fixed 15 January 2021, for judgment in the case of the murder of Jumia delivery man, Chukwuma Eleje.
Eleje was killed and dumped in a septic tank in March 2017 at Ada George Road in the city, by the two accused Sodienye Mbatumueke and Excel Naabee. The deceased, a Dispatcher for Jumia, was murdered when he went to deliver items such as iPhone and other valuables ordered online by Mbatumueke and his accomplice Excel Naabee. Eleje was strangled and his body was dumped in a septic tank. His body was later recovered by Homicide detectives of the Rivers State Police Command
After years of trial, the lawyers for the accused and the state gave their final addresses on Monday, December 7. Justice Chigozie Igwe then reserved judgment for 15 January 2021.
In his submission, Bonaventure Ugwu, the lawyer representing Mbatumueke, urged the court to discharge and acquit his client as the prosecution did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Lucky Agor, the lawyer to Excel Naabee, also submitted that the court should discharge and acquit his client as the prosecution failed to prove that Naabee was an accomplice in the murder of Chukwuma Eleje.
In a counter submission, the Prosecution Counsel urged the Court to convict the accused as the 42 exhibits and 10 witnesses presented before the court proved their culpability. He said the confessional statement of Mbatumeke proved that he tricked the deceased to come into the compound so he could kill him and collect his valuables.