Evans' Trial: Drama In Court As Lawyer Withdraws From Case
Sometimes handling a trial in Nigeria is not easy.
Forth and back movements and some unforeseen circumstances, leave people in worry when justice would be dispensed.
Lawyers have called them tactics of delaying justice and this era is still with us despite reforms that the judiciary said it had implemented.
Again the Ikeja High Court room was heavy with security agents and outside wore looks of obvious predictions that the trial was for a high profile suspect.
The trial of a popular kidnapping suspect, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also called Evans resumed on Friday, but the court is seeing different circumstances that could delay the process further.
First, the bail application filed by a member of the alleged kidnapping gang, Ogechi Uchechukwu, was turned down by the court.
Ogechi is the third accused person in the case.
Her lawyer had filed a bail application, claiming she has not been mentioned by the witness and other persons in the case in question.
But Justice H. Oshodi in his ruling said the application lacked merit in view of the gravity of the charges against her.
After her bail application was set aside, the lawyer to the sixth defendant told the court that Victor Aduba was not being fed by the prison authorities.
The Judged looked towards the Prison officials in court and the allegation was denied.
Still not satisfied with their response, the judge ordered the Director of Public Prosecution to investigate the matter.
One circumstance after the other seems to whip up delay strategies, and it became obvious that the cross-examination of Anselem Dunu, will not hold as planned.
Anselem is the first witness that gave his testimony about his kidnapped brother Donatus Dunu on the last day of the trial, November 4.
Another circumstance arose, as the court was made to know that the counsel to the third defendant was not in court and that stalled the process.
'Evan's Life Is In Danger'
After that information, another lawyer stood up, again with another shocker for the friends of the court and the jury, as he announced his withdrawal from the case.
Mr O. Ajanaku is the counsel to the forth defendant and he told the court that his former client asked him to withdraw from the case few hours before court resumed trial on Friday.
No reason was given for his decision.
After he presented his position on the trial, Evan's lawyer stood up and also told the court that the life of his client was in danger.
He accused the police and prison authorities of planning to kill his client.
After the judge heard these claims and other issues, adjournment of the case became inevitable.
Justice Oshodi then adjourned the matter till January 19 for continuation of trial and cross examination.
That is two months from now.
So far, Evans is currently facing different charges in four cases preferred against him by the Lagos State government.
Three of the cases are in Igbosere division of the Lagos High Court while one is in the Ikeja division.