Court Fixes March 2 to Rule on Evans’ Gang member’s Bail Application
A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja will on March 2, 2018 rule on the bail application filed by suspect, Victor Chukwunonso Aduba charged alongside the notorious billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike alias Evans for alleged kidnapping.
Presiding judge, Justice Hakeem Oshodi fixed the date after counsel to Evans (first defendant) cross-examined the prosecution witness, Anselem Duru.
Evans alongside five others, including a woman, Ogechi Uchechukwu, were charged on a two count amended charge. Others defendants are Uche Amadi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Chukwunonso Aduba, second, fourth, fifth and sixth defendants respectively. They were charged for conspiracy and kidnapping of one Dunu Donatus.
The defendants changed their guilty plea to not guilty after the amended charge was read to them. They have been in Police custody since June 10, 2017.
When the case was called yesterday, the fourth defendant (Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu) told the court that he is still making arrangement for legal representation and the prosecution counsel led by the Director, Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), Titilayo Shitta-Bey told the court that at the last adjourned date, the court adjourned for continuation of trial at the instance of the 4th defendant over his legal representation.
The prosecution witness, Anselem Dunu was cross-examined by Ogungbeje and he insisted that he was not the one that took the ransom to the gang. After the cross examination, counsel to sixth defendant, Emmanuel Ochai informed the court of the pending application for bail. He urged the court to grant him bail on liberal terms.
The DPP however told court of the counter affidavit filed in opposing the bail application and urged the court to deny bail, noting that no special circumstances warrant granting him bail.
Justice Oshodi adjourned till March 2,2018 for ruling and further cross-examination.