Ikeja High Court: Evans’ co-defendants have case to answer

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Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court on Friday declared that four co-defendants of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans have case to answer.

Justice Oshodi, in a ruling, dismissed their ‘no case submission’ application.

The Judge held that there are substantial evidence, especially the confessional statements of the defendants, to warrant their trial.

He, therefore, ordered them to open their defence.

Oshodi expressed sadness over how many lawyers have represented Evans but abandoned the matter halfway. He, therefore, asked Oyekunle to sign an undertaking that he will follow the matter to conclusion else the court will be at liberty to report his chambers, Victor Okpara and Co. to Nigeria Bar Association, Ethics and Disciplinary Committee.

The defence counsels, Roger Adewole, Olanrewaju Ajanaku, M.C. Izokwu and Emmanuel Ochai, aligned with Oyekunle and asked the court to give them time to enter their defence. The prosecution team was led by Solicitor General of Lagos State, Ms Titilayo Shitta-Bey.

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