Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court has ordered that no more delay would be tolerated in the ongoing trial of Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as “Evans”
Justice Oshodi gave the warning following a 30-minute verbal exchange he had with Chinonye Obiagwu, Evans’ new defence counsel who had prayed for an adjournment to study the case file.
Concise gathered that Obiagwu is one of the 31 newly-shortlisted Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) for induction on Sept. 24.
“Counsel should desist from filing applications targeting at stalling trial, parties must get their witnesses ready, so that justice will be served within reasonable time frame.”
Previous court proceedings held on June 26, had been put on hold due to Brown taking over from Ogungbeje who was Evans’ first defence counsel at the onset of his trial.
Evans is standing trial alongside Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba.
The six accused were arraigned on Aug 30, 2017, on two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping of the Chief Executive Officer of Maydon Pharmaceutical Limited, Donatus Dunu, from whose family they allegedly collected 223,000 Euro (N100m) as ransom.