Evans’ Trial to go Ahead Immediately, Court Rules

The trial of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, resumed on Tuesday at the Lagos State High Court as the suspect hired a new counsel.

While the counsel, Chino Obiagwu, requested for a short adjournment to enable him study the case file, Justice Hakeem Oshodi refused the request, stating that there would be no further delays to the long-drawn trial.

The fifth and sixth defendants counsel, Mr Agwulanna Uzoukwu and Mr Emmanuel Ochai, opposed Mr Obiagwu’s prayer, pointing out that the several adjournments were affecting the liberty of their clients.

On his part, the state counsel, Mr Haaron Adebayo, also opposed the adjournment request, saying the state was ready to go to trial.

The last hearing in the trial was on June 26 because of changes in defence counsels, and after the various parties had made their cases on Tuesday it was then adjourned till October 26 for further hearing.

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