Judge Gives Up His Holiday To Continue Evan’s Trial
It is over one year since suspected kidnapper, Chukwuduben Onwuamadike, popularly referred to as Evans was arrested in Lagos, and his case is still dragging in court.
But it is a popular thing to see cases drag on for long in Nigeria.
Three courts are handling different charges raised against the suspect, and on Friday the case before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos High Court in Ikeja was called.
Evans, Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu , Chiaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping of one Donatus Duru.
Duru was the last victim allegedly kidnapped by the group before their arrest in June 2017.
When trial began, the second and fourth accused persons told the court that they had not be able to secure lawyers to represent them in the case.
Justice Oshodi then enquired from the second accused, Uche Amadi and the fourth accused, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, why they had not presented their legal representatives.
They responded separately by saying they were still making arrangements for their lawyers and then promised to provide counsels at the next proceeding date.
Evan’s lawyer had, last week Wednesday, withdrawn from the case citing personal reasons and on Friday, Noel Brown told the court he was the kidnap suspect’s new counsel.
Announcing that he has taken over the case, Brown told the court that he was new to the case and would need more time to familiarise himself with the case.
He stated that he had requested from the court, a copy of the case proceedings, since Evans' former lawyer was not forthcoming in releasing his own copy.
After he put forward this reason, the Director of Public Prosecution, Titilayo Shitta- Bey, did not object to Amadi, Nwachukwu and Brown's requests.
When no objection came, Justice Oshodi then adjourned further trial of Evans to September 11, citing the inability of two of the accused persons to secure legal representation and the need for Evan’s lawyer to go through a copy of the case proceeding so far.
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After the judge set the new date for the proceeding, he figured it was a period that judges will be on break, but he expressed his willingness to continue the trial even if it will cost him few days of the holiday.
“Though the date falls when judges will be on vacation, I am ready to go ahead with the trial,” Justice Oshodi added.