Two former police officers have been sentenced to death by a Federal Capital Territory Court for their involvement in the killing of six Igbo traders in 2005.
The infamous incident caused outrage in the country when the six Igbo traders were reportedly killed when they were returning from a night party in Abuja.
Justice Ishaq Bello found both Ezekiel Acheneje and Baba Emmanuel guilty of the murder and sentenced them to death.
It was reported that the case has been hindered by “institutional challenges ranging from series of adjournments, conveyance of defendants from the prison to court and difficulty in getting witnesses to testify”.
The suspects are:
1. Danjuma Ibrahim
2. Nicholas Zakaria
3. Ezekiel Acheneje
4. Baba Emmanuel
5. Sadiq Salami
6. Othman Abdulsalami (still at large).
Eight policemen testified that Ibrahim ordered the killing of the traders.
They allegedly killed in Apo, a satellite town in Abuja.
The victims, Ifeanyi Ozo, Chinedu Meniru, Isaac Ekene, Paulinus Ogbonna, Anthony Nwokike and Augustina Arebun aged between 21 and 25 were returning from a a night party in 2005 when they were killed.
The defendants claimed that the five men and one woman were robbers who had first opened fire on them and had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who was president at the time had set up a panel of inquiry to look into the issue and the result indicated that victims were at a nightclub located at Gimbiya Street, Area 11 in Abuja on the night of the incident.
The most senior officer, Ibrahim had made advances towards Augustina but she refused prompting him to move a police checkpoint and inform the officers that a group of robbers were in the area.
The officers reportedly cornered them and ordered the police to shoot.
Ifeanyi and Augustina had initially survived the attack as the rest died immediately and Ifeanyi still managed to call his friends but they were taken outside the Abuja metropolis where they were killed.