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UBA STAFF GETS LIFE SENTENCE

UBA STAFF GETS LIFE SENTENCE

Jude Onwuzulike staff of a staff of United Bank for Africa, UBA Plc has bagged a life jail sentence over the sudden disappearance of his business partner, Chinwuba Ekwenze.
Onwuzuluike, UBA, Ogboefere, Bridge-head, Onitsha, Anambra State had been arraigned by an Otuocha High Court in Anambra State on a one-count charge of kidnapping Ekwenze since January 14, 2013.

In her judgement, Justice J.C. Anunude, stated that all the available evidence before the court, including the investigation of the police and Department of Security Services, DSS and their written reports, proved that the convict actually lured the victim and knew what transpired that made him to be missing up till date.
The police had in February, 2013, arrested, interrogated and arraigned Onwuzulike before the court on the charge of conspiring with others now at large to kidnap Ekwenze, a motor spare parts dealer at Nkpor, near Onitsha, an accusation Onwuzuluike pleaded not guilty.
During the trial, about six prosecution witnesses, including the police and an official of the Department of State Services, DSS, who investigated the matter, testified before the court against Onwuzulike who could not produce any witness.
While in court to testify, the DSS personnel wore a mask to avoid easy identification.
One of the prosecution witnesses and Ekwenze’s elder brother, John, told the court on oath that that Onwuzulike’s decision to kidnap and probably assassinate Ekwenze was probably based on a mutual agreement reached between both parties in 2011.
According to him, Ekwenze deposited the sum of N2 million with Onwuzuluike as a banker on a fixed interest rate of N100,000 every quarter.
John further told the court that in 2011 when the agreement was reached between them, Ekwenze made an initial deposit of N1.5 million and, in 2012, raised the deposit to N2 million, adding that although Onwuzulike was giving Ekwenze the agreed N100,000 every three months as interest on the deposit, Ekwenze at a stage decided to terminate the business by asking Onwuzulike to return the whole N2 million to him, to enable him acquire a piece of land and commence a housing project. This was where trouble started. And it was in the quest for this amount that he went missing. And now pending an appeal, the banker will spend the rest of his life in jail.

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