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3 Nigerians charged, remanded over Briton’s murder

May 18, 2012, 2:08 PM | Article By: Isatou Senghore

Three Nigerian nationals accused of murdering a British national were yesterday arraigned and subsequently remanded in custody by the Kanifing magistrates’ court.

Michael Ifunaya Churwbiken, Agbaze Ugochuku and Collins Chijoke were charged with four counts of conspiracy to murder, kidnapping or abducting in order to murder, murder and robbery with violence.

According to the particulars of offence on count one, the accused persons on 13 May 2012, at Bakoteh Junction Bar in the Kanifing Municipality, jointly conspired among themselves to commit a felony, that is, murdering one Ian Stokes, a British national.

Count two stated that the accused persons jointly kidnapped or wrongfully confined Ian Stokes, a British national in his house, with intent to cause danger to him.

The charge sheet on count three read that the accused persons murdered or caused the death of Ian Stokes by stabbing him all over his body.

Furthermore, count four stated that they jointly robbed Ian Stokes of his mobile phone, value unknown, and immediately before taking the said mobile phone, used actual violence by stabbing him all over his body.

Prosecuting officer Chief Inspector Jammeh applied for the case to be transfer to the high court in Banjul.

Magistrate Tabally granted the application, and subsequently ordered the case to be transferred to the high court.

Meanwhile, the accused persons were remanded in custody.