A light drama spread out right through the trial of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike (alias Evans), prior to an Ikeja Prime Courtroom, when the pass judgement on, Justice Hakeem Oshodi, ordered Evans’s new Suggest to jot down and signal an enterprise to complete the case.
Oshodi gave the order to Mr Oyekunle Falabi on Friday after brushing aside a no-case submission filed via Evans’s 4 co-defendants.
Falabi is from the legislation chambers of Okpara and Co.
The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) stories that because the trial started on Aug. 30, 2017, Evans has modified attorneys 5 occasions.
The attorneys who’ve represented Evans come with Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje, Mr Noel Brown and Mr Olanrewaju Ajanaku.
Following the ruling at the no-case submissions, Falabi informed the courtroom that the chambers of Victor Okpara and Co. had simply been briefed in regards to the case.
Upon listening to Falabi’s legislation chambers, Oshodi stated: “Okpara, your main as soon as not on time a tribulation in my courtroom for 2 years. I will be able to by no means put out of your mind it. You should write an enterprise.”
The pass judgement on in an instant dictated the wordings for the enterprise and Falabi wrote and signed to make certain that he or the legislation chambers would no longer abandon the case.
The wordings of the enterprise are: “I, Oyekunle Falabi, representing the legislation company of Victor Okpara, undertakes on behalf of the primary defendant (Evans) in swimsuit No. ID/590761, to constitute him in defence of this subject all the time when the subject comes up in Justice Oshodi’s Courtroom.
“Within the tournament of any breach of this enterprise, the courtroom is at liberty to document us to our nationwide frame, the Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA).”
After Falabi wrote the enterprise, Oshodi ordered that the file be witnessed and signed via the Lagos State Solicitor-Basic, Ms Titilayo Shitta-Bey, who represented the prosecution.
Following the signing of the enterprise via Shitta-Bey, attorneys for Evans’s co-defendants asked an adjournment to arrange for defence.
Responding to the defence suggest’s request for adjournment, Shitta-Bey informed the courtroom, “Suggest must take the enterprise significantly.
“Constitutionally, they’re assured good enough time to arrange for his or her defence however no longer indefinite time.”
Oshodi adjourned the case to Oct. 16 for defence.
NAN stories that Evans is status trial along Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba for alleged kidnap of the Leader Govt Officer of Maydon Pharmaceutical Ltd., Mr Donatius Dunu.
Previous in a ruling, Oshodi rejected the no-case submissions of Uchechukwu (3rd defendant), Ifeanyi (fourth defendant), Nwachukwu (5th defendant)/and Aduba (6th defendant) and ordered them to open their defence.
Oshodi stated the prosecution introduced proof to the courtroom that related the 4 co-defendants to the alleged crime.
He famous that right through the trial, the fourth prosecution witness, Insp. Idowu Haruna informed the courtroom that right through interrogation, Evans known his different gang individuals to incorporate the 3rd, fourth, 5th and 6th defendants.
The pass judgement on stated: “This witness (Haruna) additionally discussed that the second one defendant is the husband of the 3rd defendant.
“The 3rd defendant, upon his arrest, had related the primary defendant (Evans) to the alleged crime and stated the primary defendant was once their chief.
“The sufferer (Dunu) in his courtroom proof, stated that even though he was once blindfolded, his meals was once being made in captivity via a lady whose voice was once that of the 3rd defendant, the spouse of the second one defendant.
“There’s a prima facie case as the primary defendant additionally implicated the co-defendants in Show off 10.
“The courtroom should have a look at the totality of the proof thus far prior to it. The prosecution has laid out a prima facie case.
In line with the pass judgement on, the courtroom unearths and holds that no proof has been discredited at the face of the file.
“The 3rd, fourth, 5th and 6th defendants at the moment are referred to as to open their defence.”
In line with the prosecution, the defendants allegedly abducted Dunu on Ilupeju Street in Lagos on Feb. 14, 2017, and picked up 223,000 Euros (N100m) as ransom from his circle of relatives.
Dunu who was once allegedly held captive via the defendants as a result of his circle of relatives had no longer paid an extra ransom, was once stated to have escaped captivity and alerted the police.
4 witnesses, together with Dunu, testified on behalf of the prosecution which closed its case on Jan. 10.