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Court adjourns ‘Evans’ trial again

By Abdulwahab Abdulah

A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja yesterday adjourned further trial of suspected kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike,  aka Evans and his alleged gang till March 2 partly due to the fact that Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, a co-defendant of Evans had yet to secure legal representation.

Also the court shifted the hearing to rule on a bail application filed by another suspect, Victor Chukwunonso Aduba charged alongside the notorious billionaire kidnapper.

Evans
Evans

At yesterday proceedings, Mr Anselm Dunu,  the brother of Mr Donatius Dunu, a kidnap victim was scheduled to be cross-examined by the defence counsel over his earlier evidence before the court.

He was however  not fully cross-examined by the defence because of the absence of Nwachukwu’s lawyer.

Evans and Nwachukwu are standing trial alongside Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba on a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping.

During Friday’s proceedings,  Justice Hakeem Oshodi, the presiding judge enquired from Nwachukwu (the fourth defendant),why he did not have legal representation.

“My Lord,  we are still making arrangements for a lawyer,” he said.

Registering her displeasure, Ms Titilayo Shitta-Bey, the Director of Public Prosecution requested that the court proceeds with the trial noting that it was a ploy by the defence to delay proceedings.

She said: “On the last adjourned date,  which was Nov. 17, 2017, this court enquired

 


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