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Rape suit: Osun monarch seeks more time for defence

By GBENGA OLARINOYE

OSOGBO—Hundreds of people, who besieged the premises of an Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo, yesterday, went home disappointed.

The court had failed to deliver judgment in the case of alleged rape of an ex National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, member, Miss Helen Okpara, against the Alowa of Ilowa in Obokun Local Government Area of the state, Oba Adebukola Alli, following the monarch’s application for extension of time on the judgment.

Justice Oyejide Falola, who presided over the court had earlier fixed yesterday for final judgment on the case, but counsel to the monarch, Mr. Taofeeq Tewogbade, introduced a new twist into the over three-year-old case when he applied for extension of time for judgment to allow further defence on the case.

The court has, however, fixed Tuesday, July 2, for ruling on the application brought by the counsel to the monarch.

Tewogbade said Section 36 (CB) of the 1999 Constitution allows for proper defence in any case and provides for extension of time for judgment.

He said: “There is the need for us to seek for extension of time on the case to allow us defend the case better.

“There are questions the plaintiff needs to answer. Was the lady in question a virgin before she claimed that she was raped?

“We also need to know if any exhibit has so far been presented by medical practitioners. These and other questions need to be answered.”

However, Mr. M. Adedokun, a Senior State Counsel from the state Ministry of Justice, who represented the Director of Public Prosecution, insisted that the court should deliver its judgment on the matter.

She stressed that the case had gone through series of adjournment, hence the need for the court to discountenance the application for extension of time.

He recalled that the defense counsel had on the 15th of April, 2013 told the court that he needed no more time for defence when the court asked for his position on its decision to deliver judgment on June 4.

Adedokun who filed a counter affidavit stated that “the attitude of the defense counsel is an attempt to frustrate the judgment”, and urged the court to dismiss the application in the interest of justice and fairness.

However, Justice Falola ruled that the case be adjourned till 2nd July, 2013 for ruling on the application before the court.


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