It has been reported that Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja Excessive Court docket has ordered the Lagos State Workplace of the Public Defender (OPD) to takeover defence of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike aka Evans because of his incapacity to afford his authorized charges.
Each day Submit stories that on Friday, Legal professional-Common, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), knowledgeable the court docket that his workforce telephoned the regulation chambers of Ladi Williams (SAN) and Co., who represented Evans on the final court docket date.
Onigbanjo disclosed that they have been knowledgeable that Evans had not “perfected their temporary”.
Evans, first arraigned alongside others on August 30, 2017, has modified legal professionals greater than thrice throughout the course of his trial.
Messers Olukoya Ogungbeje, Noel Brown and Olanrewaju Ajanaku, have represented him.
Justice Oshodi mentioned Evans had developed a behavior of partaking the companies of legal professionals that “disappeared midway by way of trial.”
This, he decried, has precipitated delays within the case.
“There are 5 different defendants with completely different counsel, the curiosity of the primary defendant (Evans) shouldn’t be superior to these of the opposite defendants”, NAN quoted him as saying.
He said that the court docket “is not going to breach Part 36(6) of the 1999 Structure by going forward with right this moment’s enterprise of the court docket which is the listening to of the no-case submissions”.
Oshodi ordered an OPD counsel bodily current, Ms E.E. Okonkwo, to takeover Evans’ defence.
Afterwards, Evans co-defendants, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba, filed no-case submissions.
Nevertheless, the second defendant, Uche Amadi, didn’t file a no-case submission.
Defence counsels, Roger Adewole, Olanrewaju Ajanaku, M.C Izokwu and Emmanuel Ochai, knowledgeable the court docket that no prima facie (appropriate till confirmed in any other case) case had been made in opposition to the defendants by Lagos State.
They prayed the court docket to dismiss the case in opposition to the defendants.
In his response, the A-G mentioned the defendants have been “asking the court docket to do one thing that can not be executed. They’re asking the court docket to analyse proof and transcend the window that no-case submissions requires.”
He urged the court docket to indicate that “there may be prima facie proof. There may be earlier than the court docket, legally admitable prima facie proof sufficient for the defendants to enter their defence”.
Justice Oshodi adjourned till August 14 for ruling and attainable continuation of trial.
The defendants are standing trial over the alleged kidnap of Donatius Dunu, the Chief Government Officer of Maydon Pharmaceutical Ltd.
The prosecution mentioned the defendants allegedly kidnapped Dunu alongside Ilupeju Street, Lagos on February 14, 2017 and picked up 223,000 Euros (N100million) as ransom from his household.
However the captive escaped and alerted the police whereas being held by his abductors who requested extra cash even after the preliminary ransom was paid.
Witnesses together with Dunu have testified in opposition to Evans and accomplices.
On January 10, 2020, the prosecution closed its case in opposition to the defendants.