UPDATE: Court Delivers Judgement On Man Who Killed Jumia Delivery Agent Over IPhone
One of the men who strangled Eleje and dumped his body in a septic tank has been sentenced to death. Sodienye Mbatumukeke, the man who murdered Chukwuma Eleje, a Jumia delivery agent over an iPhone in 2017 has been sentenced to death by a Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Monday, February 15. The accused who has been on trial since 2017 alongside alongside one Excel Naabee.
However, Nabee was acquitted and discharged by Justice Chigozie Igwe. Police had alleged that the two accused conspired to kill one Chukwuma Eleje, a Dispatcher for Jumia, when he went to deliver items which included an iPhone and other valuables ordered by Mbatumueke and his accomplice, Naabee in March 2017 in their house located at Ada George Road in Obio-Akpor local government area of Rivers.
According to the police, the two accused had strangled Eleje and dump his body in a septic tank. His remains was later recovered by Homicide detectives of the Rivers State Police Command
The duo were first arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt before the case was transferred to the State High Court. Justice Chigozie Igwe had reserved judgment till today, 15 January 2021 after the lawyers to the accused made the final submission last December. In his submission, Bonaventure Ugwu, the counsel to Mbatumueke had urged the court to discharge and acquit his client with claim that the prosecution did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Lucky Agor, the lawyer to Naabee, also asked the court to discharge and acquit his client, arguing that the prosecution failed to prove that Naabee was an accomplice in the murder of Eleje. But 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 in the murder of the Jumia agent. 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