28th January, 2023
By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has convicted and sentenced one Bestman Lekia, popularly known as ‘Biggie’ to death by hanging for killing one Loveday Mmeabe and using the remains for preparing pepper soup and plantain porridge in Okwalie community, Khana local government area of Rivers.
The prosecution counsel told the court that Lekia was a hardened cultist, arsonist and cultist who also used the intestines of his victims to prepare meal like plantain porridge.
The Court also convicted him for burning of buildings in a community in Khana Local Government Area.
According to the charges filed against him, Lekia and others now at large kidnapped and killed four people identified as Gbodu Nobaale , Etim Ekpe, Nenalebarri Mmeabe and Loveday Mmeabe at various times in Khana local government area.
However, Lekia and his accomplices not only kill Mmeabe, the first person they abducted, they ripped his stomach open and used his intestines to prepare plantain meal in Okwalie community in Khana in 2019, the court was told.
The trial Judge, Justice Adolphus Enebeli in his judgment found Bestman Lekia guilty of murder, kidnapping, cultism and armed robbery.
The judge stated stated that the prosecution counsel was able to prove his case with the necessary evidence and presentations.
He said the attitude of the convict throughout his trial proved that he was a hardened criminal, cultist and terror, who, if possible, was supposed to be hanged four times and die four times.
Justice Enebeli ruled that he should be hanged on his neck until he is confirmed dead.
Speaking to newsmen outside the courtroom, the state prosecution counsel, Chidi Ekeh, expressed happiness with the judgment.
Ekeh stated, “As a human being, I do not take delight in the fact that he (Lekia) is going to die. But I feel happy that the law and the state did not fail society.
“That Ogoni community will know peace that they will never see him again. So, to me, it was a hard-nosed judgment. The judge has demonstrated once again that he is worth his salt.”
But the Defense counsel, N. O. Megwari declined comment on the judgment.