The court held that the siblings were not properly arraigned and their plea taken. They were said to have committed the offense in 1995 when they drown their victim in a stream after a failed ritual attempt. Onome and Victor were said to have taken their victim to Ijebu-Ode for the purpose of money ritual but could not raise the N20,000 demanded by the herbalist. They reportedly drown the child in a stream to cover their track and were arrested on suspicion that they travelled on the day the child went missing. It was during police investigation that they confessed and took the police to the stream where the body of the child was recovered. They were found guilty of conspiracy and murder by an Edo State High Court and subsequently sentenced to death in 2014. Delivering judgment on the appeal filed by their Counsel, President Aigbokhan, Justice S. Oseji, declared the whole trial of the lower court a nullity for not complying with provisions of the law. In the appeal, the convicts sought the court’s determination whether their were rightly arraigned. Justice Oseji stated that there was no where in the ruling of the lower court which showed that the convicts were first arraigned and their plea taken. He noted that for there to be a criminal trial, there must be an arraignment and the charges read to the accused persons in the language they understood. Justice Oseji declared the whole trial at the High Court null and void and ordered retrial of the case. Aigbokhan however said the court should have upturned the judgment of the lower court since the convicts have spent over two decades in incarceration. His words, “The court agreed with us and ordered a retrial but what the court has succeeded in doing is to convert convict to awaiting trial after 20 years. That is not justice after 20 years. We are going to appeal this ruling.”]]>

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