The absence of defence counsel on Friday stalled the trial of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans and five co-defendants in an Ikeja High Court.
Friday’s proceedings which became slated for the adoption of arguments in the defendant’s no-case submission, became stalled as a result of the absence of the defence counsel for Uche Amadi and Ogechi Uchechukwu (2d and third defendants respectively).
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Resolve that a identical occurrence befell on March 13. On that day, proceedings get been also stalled as a result of Evans having no licensed illustration.
Registering his displeasure over the absence of Amadi and Uchechukwu’s defence counsel, Justice Hakeem Oshodi, queried why they did not ranking an appearance in court docket despite being notified of the proceedings.
“The court docket notes with disgust the angle of the counsel to the 2d and the third defendants. Their absence this present day has stalled any development in this case.
“The 2d and third defendants must unruffled demonstrate that if they scheme now not appear to be most up-to-date all the plan in which during the next adjourned date, the Office of Public Defender (OPD) will must soak up their case.
“The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) must unruffled reveal the OPD of the next adjourned date. This case is adjourned to July 3, 2020 for adoption of no-case submission,” Justice Oshodi talked about.
Earlier all the plan in which through proceedings, the Lagos Voice Authorized legit-Total and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) had also requested that the court docket must unruffled ranking an Account for that the OPD must unruffled signify Amadi and Uchechukwu on the next court docket date if their counsel get been unruffled absent.
NAN reviews that Evans is standing trial alongside Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba over alleged kidnap of Mr Donatius Dunu, the Chief Executive Officer of Maydon Pharmaceutical Ltd.
The six defendants get been arraigned on Aug. 30, 2017 on two counts of conspiracy and kidnapping.
The prosecution alleged that the defendants kidnapped Dunu along Ilupeju Highway, Lagos on Feb. 14, 2017 and easy 223,000 Euros (N100m) as ransom from his family.
The pharmaceutical boss, allegedly unruffled held captive by the defendants because his family had now not paid extra money to the ransom already easy, escaped captivity and alerted the police.
Four witnesses collectively with Dunu, testified all the plan in which during the trial on behalf of the prosecution and on Jan. 10, the prosecution closed its case in opposition to the defendants.