Justice Adedayo Akintoye of an Igbosere High Court, Lagos, has given an ultimatun to the suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans to engage a counsel by May 17 in order to progress with his trial.
Akintoye gave the order, Wednesday due to the absence of Evans’ counsel, Mr Chino Obiagwu, SAN, for the third time in a row which again stalled the continuation of hearing in the on-going trial of the alleged kidnap kingpin.
Justice Akintoye said: “If your lawyers don’t want to appear, we cannot force them.
“You have three options, you can get another lawyer to represent you or the court can appoint one for you or you can defend yourself.
“This is last day I will give you to get a lawyer”.
Akintoye adjourned the case until May 17 for continuation of trial.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Evans trial was on Jan. 30 and March 1, stalled due to the absence of the defence counsel, adding that on March 22 the court did not sit.
Evans is currently facing charges, bordering on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and attempted murder.
In the first charge, Evans is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba.
In the second charge, he is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba.
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