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Alleged husband killer: Court grants private prosecution request

By Ola Ajayi

Ibadan—AN Oyo State High Court has granted the appointment of an independent prosecutor to adjudicate the ongoing trial of a woman lawyer, Mrs. Yewande Oyediran, who allegedly stabbed her husband, Mr. Oyelowo Oyediran, to death on February 2 in Ibadan.

This came as the accused woman pleaded not guilty to the charge read to her.

Immediately the court resumed yesterday before Justice Mukhtar Abimbola, a counsel, Mr. Tajudeen Abdul Ganiyu, the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, announced his withdrawal from the case, following the request by the family of the deceased that the state government should appoint a private prosecutor.

The accused was working in the state Ministry of Ju-stice before her arraignment.

The state then appointed Mr. Sanyaolu Akinyele as the private prosecutor for the case.

While the family’s counsel, Yomi Aliu, said he had no objection to the appointment, the lead Defence Counsel, Prince Bioye Ashanike, told the court that Bayo Adegbite would address the court.

He opposed the appointment of a private prosecutor, arguing that DPP was a mere office that is not known to law and the 1999 Constitution.

Before adjourning the case to June 23 and 27, Justice Abimbola warned that he would no longer allow unnecessary delay. He then made clarification on the objection of Prince Ashanike to the appearance of the counsel to Women Arise for Change Initiative, Mr. Bola Alabi.


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