An Ikeja, Lagos State, High Court judge, Hakeem Oshodi, yesterday warned he would no longer tolerate any further delay in the trial of famous kidnap suspect, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans.
Justice Oshodi gave the warning when the new counsel representing Evans, Chino Obiagwu, sought an adjournment to enable him to study the case file. Evans had twice changed his counsel and Obiagwu is the third that would be representing him.
The trial had last held on June 26, 2018.
Obiagwu had engaged Justice Oshodi in an argument to drive home his demand.
But Mr Agwulanna Uzoukwu and Mr Emma Ochai, counsels for the fifth and sixth defendants, opposed Obiagwu’s requests, saying the several adjournments were affecting their clients’ liberty.
The state counsel, Mr Haaron Adebayo, who also opposed the adjournment prayer, said the state was ready and requested for an expedited trial.
Evans is standing trial alongside Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba.
The six men were arraigned on August 30, 2017 on two counts of conspiracy and kidnapping of the Chief Executive Officer of Maydon Pharmaceutical Limited, Donatus Dunu, from whose family they allegedly collected €223,000 (N100 million) as ransom.
The was adjourned to October 26, 2018 for further hearing.