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Kidnapping: Court laments delay in Evans trial

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Particular Offences Court docket has expressed worries over the delay within the trial of Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly often known as Evans.

The choose turned fearful and expressed considerations following the absence of prosecution witnesses within the two circumstances earlier than her courtroom.

The trial of Evans, the alleged kidnap kingpin and a dismissed soldier, Victor Aduba, was stalled on Wednesday.

Evans and Aduba are dealing with a four-count cost bordering kidnapping and illegal possession of firearms.

When the case resumed on Wednesday, the prosecutor Mrs O.A Bajulaiye-Bishi informed the courtroom that the prosecution was unable to serve the summons issued to the witness to testify as a result of the lead prosecutor, Mr Yusuf Sule, was unwell.

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Within the second case, Evans, Joseph Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze and Udeme Upong are dealing with trial for tried kidnap of the Chairman of the Younger Shall Develop Motors, Chief Vincent Obianodo.

They’re dealing with a seven-count cost of homicide, tried homicide, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, try to kidnap and sale and switch of firearms.

Additionally the case got here up on Wednesday, Mrs Bajulaiye-Bishi, knowledgeable the courtroom that the witness Inspector Idowu Haruna, Investigating Police Officer (IPO) who was on account of proceed his testimony within the trial-within-trial was unavailable.

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The prosecutor knowledgeable the courtroom that the IPO was on an official task and that he will likely be “hopefully current” on the following adjourned date.

Responding, the choose expressed unhappiness over the delay within the trial, stating that the 2 circumstances had commenced since 2017.

The choose adjourned circumstances till April 5 for the continuation of the listening to.

Evans, often known as a billionaire kidnap kingpin, was arrested by the police in 2017 and had since made a sequence of confessions, in line with the police.

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