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Rain disrupts Funsho Williams’ murder trial

BY Bartholomew Madukwe
LAGOS—The trial of suspected killers of late Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in Lagos State, Funsho Williams, an Engineer, was yesterday interrupted by flood, at the Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere.

The flood was caused by leaking roof that enabled the rain direct access into the courtroom and stalled the trial for almost an hour at 12:10 pm, forcing the judge to direct that Justice Olateru Olagbegi’s court, next to his, be used.
While the defendants and other people changed seats as a result of the flooded courtroom, counsels also tip-toed across the flood to sit at the bar.

Justice Olagbegi’s courtroom which was also partially affected by the flood, as it shares same wall with Justice Adebajo’s courtroom, was used instead.
However, at the resumed hearing, a prosecuting witness, Mr. Abasi Nseh Udoe, told the court that the late Funsho Williams’ phone was recovered from the first defendant.

Udoe, a retired ASP, led in evidence by state counsel, Mr. E. I Alakija, said call records obtained from service providers showed that the first three defendants used their SIM cards on Late Williams phone.

“I got a letter in December 2006 and came down to Lagos with a team of six officers where I was authorised by the then Commissioner of Police to commence investigation. I also visited the crime scene and the Forensic Department of the police force to check exhibits found at the scene during initial investigation.

“I discovered during my investigation that huge sum of money was withdrawn by the deceased for political rally but was stolen along with some jewelleries during the incident,” Udoe said.
He informed the court that the fourth, fifth and sixth defendant were the security men in charge of protecting the life and property of the deceased, noting that a blood stained shirt belonging to the sixth defendant was recovered from the crime scene.

According to him, he personally arrested the first defendant, saying statements were from him and other defendants thereafter.
Alakija (prosecutor) then tendered the statements as evidence which the court admitted.
He subsequently urged the court to issue a witness summon on one CSP Benneth Agbo from forensic department to tender some exhibits on the case.

Justice Adebajo then ordered that Mr. Agbo be produced on May 16.
The defence counsel, Mr. Agbara Okezie, however, during cross-examination, argued that the first defendant had told the police that he got the phone from computer village.

Justice Adebajo thereafter adjourned the matter to May 16, 2014 for continuation of trial.
The accused are, Bulama Kolo, Musa Maina, David Cassidy, Tunani Sonani, Mustapha Kayode and Okponwasa Imariabie, all male.


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