Kogi Magistrate’s court remands pastor over alleged homicide


A Chief Magistrate’s court sitting lorded by Chief Magistrate Abdul Umar, in Kogi has remanded Peter Michonza, a pastor of a church in Ageva area of Okene Local Council of Kogi State, at Correctional Centre Kabba for 14 days over alleged homicide.

This was following an ex-parte application made by the Department of State Security (DSS) to enable them to continue further investigations.

In the ex-parte application, the DSS alleged that the suspect committed culpable homicide by causing miscarriage and impersonation, which are punishable under sections 224,232,433 and 325 of the Kogi State Penal Code.

Police said the suspect would be charged after the conclusion of preliminary investigations.

Counsel to the defendant, Lawrence Ilobuno told newsmen that his client was arrested by DSS on September 19, 2022, and has since been detained in their custody.

He stated that he had approached the court to file a bail application because his client had stayed more than the specified days in custody without being charged to court.

Ilbuno noted that based on the application by the DSS for a remand to enable them to carry out further investigation, the court has remanded the suspect at Kabba Correctional centre for 14 days.

Meanwhile the case has been adjourned to October 20 for mention.