BY BARTHOLOMEW MADUKWE
There was panic at the Lagos High Court in Igbosere, yesterday, as one of the defendants in the on-going trial of suspected killers of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain, Engr. Funsho Williams, slumped in court.
The presiding judge, Justice Ebenezer Adebajo, immediately stood down the trial for about 10 minutes to enable the defendant, Musa Maina, receive medical attention at the court premises.
Vanguard gathered that Maina was asthmatic and was supported into the court room by two prison warders, but slumped after 45 minutes into trial. And when Maina was resuscitated, he wept profusely.
Maina, alongside Bulama Kolo, David Cassidy, Tunani Sonani, Mustapha Kayode and Okponwasa Imariabie, were accused by Lagos State of conspiring to kill Williams on July 27, 2006, at 34A, Corporation Drive, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi.
They were first arraigned on March 1, 2013, on a two count charge of conspiracy and murder, offences which contravened Sections 316 and 324 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2003.
At the resumed hearing, the defence counsel, Mr. Okezie Agbara, argued that the ruling of the magistrate tendered as an exhibit was not signed by the magistrate, and maintained that the document was not authentic since it was not signed by the author of the document (the magistrate).
He urged the court to disregard the authority cited by the prosecution, arguing that investigation can be carried at any time of the trial.
At the last adjourned date, a witness, Mr Ovie Oyokomino, told the court that some exhibits for the trial of the suspected killers of Williams have been damaged due to epileptic power supply.