Lawyer's Absence Stalls Evans' Trial
The trial of Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a kidnapping suspect popularly called Evans, could not hold on Friday at the Igbosere High Court.
Prosecution team and the suspect were at the Igbosere High Court for the trial that had been fixed to hear two fresh charges brought against Evans by the Lagos State government. But the proceeding for the day lasted for just an hour.
The Prosecution team had read a two-count charge - Kidnapping and attempted murder - against Evans and four others.
But when it was the turn of Evan's lawyer to speak, the court was told that he was not present.
He had sent a letter to the court requesting that it should stand down the matter till 12 noon, explaining that he had a case to attend to at the Court of Appeal.
After the letter was transmitted to the judge, Justice A. Akintoye adjourned the case to January 22, 2018.
It was the end of what many had thought would be the commencement of hearing on the trial.
Evans walked out of the in courtroom in cuffs into a waiting Black Maria and was taken away again back to detention.
It is the second trial that will resume in January.
A High Court in Ikeja presided over by Justice H. Oshodi had last week adjourned his trial till January 19.
He is facing different charges at different courts, most bordering on kidnapping.