Public Defender To Take Over Evans Case Since Evans Can’t Meet Up His Lawyer’s Fees

Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court has ordered the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender (OPD) to take over the defence of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike  alias, Evans.

The trial judge issued the order following Evans’  inability to pay his legal fees.

During resumed  proceedings yesterday,  the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) informed the court that  his team placed a phone call to the law chambers of Ladi Williams (SAN) and Co who represented Evans’ on the last court hearing to know the whereabouts of Evans’ counsel.

Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court has ordered the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender (OPD) to take over the defence of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike  alias, Evans.

The trial judge issued the order following Evans’  inability to pay his legal fees.

During resumed  proceedings yesterday,  the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) informed the court that  his team placed a phone call to the law chambers of Ladi Williams (SAN) and Co who represented Evans’ on the last court hearing to know the whereabouts of Evans’ counsel.

Onigbanjo said he was informed by the law chambers that Evans had not “perfected their brief”.

Evans, who was arraigned alongside five others on two counts of conspiracy and kidnapping, has changed lawyers about five times during the course of his trial which commenced August 30, 2017.

In his reaction, Justice Oshodi noted that Evans had developed a habit of engaging the services of lawyers who, according to the judge, “disappeared halfway through trial” and this has caused delays in the case.

Justice Oshodi, thereafter, ordered the OPD lawyer, who was in court, Ms E. E Okonkwo, to take over Evans’ defence.

Following the judges ruling, Evans’ co-defendants -Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba- filed no-case submissions asking the court to dismiss the charges against them.

The second defendant, Uche Amadi,  however did not file a no-case submission.

The defence counsel, Messrs Roger Adewole, Olanrewaju Ajanaku,  M.C Izokwu and Emmanuel Ochai, told the court that no prima facie case had been made against the defendants by the state.

The lawyers urged the court to dismiss the case against the defendants.

Responding, the Attorney General asked the court to dismiss the no-case submissions of the four co-defendants.

Justice Oshodi adjourned the case until August14 for ruling and possible continuation of trial.

(The Nation)

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