The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Joseph Mukan, has said the lockdown in the state as a result of COVID-19 has stalled the arraignment of the five suspected killers of the University of Port Harcourt final year student, Joy Adoki, and two others.
Mukan explained that though the command was ready to prosecute the suspects, it needed to secure a window from the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Zacchaeus Adangor, for them to be arraigned.
Adoki, Nelson Nwafor and Fortune Obemba were abducted on April 7, 2020, and murdered in a forest in Eteo, Eleme Local Government Area of the state by the suspected kidnappers.
The Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the state police command, led by its Commander, Edward Shadar, had arrested three of the suspects before exhuming the decomposing bodies of the victims.
The fourth and fifth suspects were later arrested on May 5, 2020, in Warri, Delta State and Imo State, respectively.
Speaking in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Thursday, Mukan said the suspects would have being in court on Thursday.
He stated, “If it were not for this lockdown, we would have arraigned them today (Thursday). We are trying to talk to the state attorney-general to see if we can get a window to prosecute them.
“Of course, you are aware that this lockdown has locked down everything. That is the difficulty we are having; if not, we would have charged them today.
“So, we are making a special appeal to the attorney-general to see how we can achieve something in that direction. On our own, we are prepared to arraign them.”