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Absence of Evans’ counsel stalls trial



Absence of Evans’ counsel stalls trial

The absence of the lawyer for the alleged kidnapping boss, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, on Friday paralyzed the hearing of his case before a Lagos High Court, in Tarfa Balewa Square.

Evans currently faces two separate charges, verging on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnap and attempted murder, before Judge Adedayo Akintoye.

On the first count, Evans is on trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba.

On the second count, he is being tried alongside Joseph Emeka, Victor Aduba and Linus Okpara.

At the resumption of the hearing, the Lagos State Prosecutor, Mr. Babatunde Sumonu, told the court that the case should be mentioned.

C. Mbam and OA Egbogbo, however, announced their appearance as counsel for Mr. Emeka and Mr. Aduba on the first count.

Evans, however, told the court that he did not know why his attorney, Victor Opara, was not in court.

Nwachukwu also said that his lawyer, who was aware of the date of the procedure, was also absent.

On the second count, Evans’ attorney was also absent, while attorneys for the other defendants were present.

However, JC Jiakponna, Okpara’s lawyer, urged the court to another date to move his client’s bail request.

Mr. Jiakponna said that the application had taken a long time.

In their response, the prosecutor said that they had submitted a counter-affidavit for the bail request.

However, Judge Akintoye adjourned the case until January 21 to hear the bail request and ordered that notices of hearing be issued to Evans’ attorney.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that on October 23, 2019, Judge Akintoye admitted as evidence Evans’s confessional statement, the admissibility of which was challenged in an in-trial trial.

Evans had told the court on January 16 that his confession statement after his arrest sometime in 2017 was made under duress.

He claimed that he signed the papers handed over to him by the police for fear of not being tortured to death.


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