By Magnus Effiong
A Calabar Magistrate Court has remanded in Afokang Correctional centre (Afokang Prison) a couple, Mr and Mrs Eyo Nsefik, for allegedly attempting to murder the Public Relations Officer of the Cross River State Police Command, SP Irene Ugbo.
They were said to have committed the offence on the 12th day of August, 2022 at Plot 39 Nsefik Eyo Layout, Calabar.
The court, presided over by His Worship, Mercy Ene, granted the prayers of the Commissioner of Police through the prosecutor, Ofem Ubi, to remand the couple in a bid to stop them from absconding as well as allow smooth investigation of the matter. They were subsequently remanded until August 29, 2022.
Ene, who is the deputy chief magistrate of the court, declined plea by counsel firy the defendants, Mr Ndiyo Muri, for their bail application, submitting that the couple were being remanded to enable investigation on the matter continue unhindered.
According to the charge sheet, the couple, Eyo Nsefik, 43 and Miranda Nsefik, 39, were arraigned on two count charges.
The charge sheet said the couple “conspired among themselves to commit a felony to wit: Attempted Murder. And thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516 of the Criminal Code Cap C16, vol. III laws of Cross River State of Nigeria 2004.”
It noted that on the aforementioned date and place, the couple attacked and attempted to kill Irene Ugbo ‘f’ by strangulating her on the neck.
The prosecutor went further to say that the act caused her (plaintiff) dislocation on the neck, and that with the act, the couple committed an offence punishable under Section 320 of the Criminal Code, Cap C16, Vol. 3, laws of Cross River State of Nigeria 2004.
After hearing the prosecutor, Ofem Ubi Esq who opposed the bail application, Ene ordered that the couple be remanded at Afokang Correctional centre, Calabar and subsequently adjourned hearing on the matter to August 29.