Evans: Selection of judgment date stalled

Selection a judgement date in the case kidnapping brought against  Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike alias Evans and five others  was on Friday at the Ikeja High Court.

Evans’s five -defendants are: Uche Amadi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba.

The News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that a date for judgment chosen in a criminal case after written addresses (addresses by counsel to the court after conclusion evidence) have been filed and adopted.

The delay during Friday’s proceedings was due to inability Mr Chris Obiaka, counsel to Nwachukwu (third defendant), and Mr Olanrewaju Ajanaku, counsel to Uchechukwu (fourth defendant), to promptly file final written addresses.

Reacting to the development, state counsel, Mr Jubril Kareem, informed the court that prosecution’s final written was ready but not filed due to delay caused by the two defence counsel.

“The prosecution was only served by the third and fourth defendants’ counsel this morning.

“We had already prepared our arguments but we could not proceed with the filing because we needed to see the third and fourth defendants’ final written addresses.

“The prosecution did not know what new information they would up with, and we needed to respond accordingly after  seeing the addresses.

“Now that we have been served, we will file our written addresses,” he said.

NAN reports that the six defendants were arraigned on Aug. 31, 2017, on a two-count charge conspiracy and kidnapping.

They are accused kidnapping Mr Donatus Dunu, the Managing Director Maydon Pharmaceuticals Ltd. on Feb. 14, 2017.

According to prosecution, Dunu was kidnapped on Ilupeju Road, State, and the defendants collected 223,000 Euros as from his family.

All the defendants, however, pleaded not guilty.

Justice Hakeem Oshodi adjourned the case until Dec. 10 for adoption final written addresses. (NAN)