Just In: Evans Gets New Lawyer
Suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwuduben Onwuamadike, has got a new lawyer for himself after his former lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, withdrew from the case.
This development was noticed at the continuation of his trial on Friday at the Lagos High Court, Ikeja.
The suspect, popularly referred to as Evans, has engaged the services of a new counsel, Noel Brown, who appeared for him as his trial continued at the Lagos High Court on Friday.
Aside Evans, Brown is also the counsel to the third defendant, Ogechi Uchechukwu, in the case before Justice Hakeem Oshodi.
Dressed in Ankara fabric, Evans and other suspects standing trial entered the court in cuffs, with lowered heads.
Before the trial began, a request by Evan's former lawyer for police protection was thrown out by Justice Oshodi.
In the application, Ogungbeje said he had received series of threats from various quarters for defending Evans.
He wants the Commissioner of Police in Lagos to provide him security.
Before throwing out the Ogungbeje' request, Justice Oshodi asked other lawyers in the case whether they have also been receiving threats as claimed by Ogungbeje.
The lawyers said no and described Ogungbeje's claim as frivolous and abuse of court process.
Following their responses, Justice Oshodi then threw out the application.
After that application was quashed, the trial began and Evans was asked if he was the one that engaged Brown. "Yes," Evans said.
Evans is currently facing five criminal charges before three Lagos High Court judges.
Ogungbeje withdrew his services last week Wednesday, citing personal reasons.
Ogungbeje, in letter dated June 13, which he personally signed, said he was withdrawing as lead counsel in all the criminal cases against Evans for “personal reasons”.
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The letter read: “For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state categorically that we have fought a good fight this far despite repeated and sustained threats to my life and my defence lawyers.
“For the sake of history, we have been able to enrich the basic principles of our criminal jurisprudence especially the principle premised on ‘An accused person being presumed innocent until the contrary is proved’ no matter the public opinion and criticism”.