|Ozekhome embraced his wife after his release by kidnappers.|
PHOTO: IDOWU OGUNLEYE
One of the four persons charged over the abduction of Mike Ozekhome (SAN) yesterday [Jun 16] told a Federal High Court in Abuja that they received N28 million from the lawyer.
Kelvin Oniarah Ezeigbe, Frank Azuekor, Michael Omonigho and Momoh Haruna were arraigned on 13 count charges bordering on conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping and acts of terrorism in 2013.
Justice Ademola Adeniyi had ordered trial-within-trial after the accused persons, through their counsel Bala Dakum, objected to the admissibility of the confessional statements purportedly made to the Department of State Services (DSS) on the grounds that they were not voluntary.
At the resumed hearing yesterday, the DSS produced video footage of the conditions of the statement-taking to prove that the statement was voluntary. In one of the clips played while examining a DSS witness, Azuekor narrated how the gang of seven members ambushed Ozekhome’s vehicle along Auchi road in Edo State on August 23, 2013.
Azuekor, who explained how the gang shot dead three police officers, who gave a chase after the incident and recovered two AK 47 rifles from them, added that he got the sum of N4.1 million as his share of the ransom.
The judge adjourned the case to July 8 and 9 to enable defence counsels cross examine the witness on the video evidence.