Evans Knows Fate on June 26

Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, will on June 26 know if a Lagos of the Lagos State High Court, would quash the criminal charges brought against him.
He is asking the court to dismiss the criminal charges against him, adding it was an abuse of court processes.
Justice A. Akintoye had earlier refused the application.
Evans is charged alongside Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba in a fresh two count charge bordering on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and attempted murder
In the second charge, Evans is being tried alongside Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba in a three count charge before the same judge
Evans is also facing trial before Justices Hakeem Oshodi and Oluwatoyin Taiwo, of the Ikeja Division of the Lagos State High Court
However, Evans insisted that the charges constituted an abuse of court processes.
Counsel to Evans, Olukoya Ogungbeje, had argued that similar charges, which are before this court, had been instituted against his client in other courts by the Lagos State Government.
He submitted that the charges were grossly defective, repetitive and an abuse of court processes.
Relying on Section 153 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law ( ACJL ) of Lagos State, Mr Ogungbeje added that nothing stopped the prosecution from bringing the charges under one judge pointing out that counts three, four and five of the charges were repetitions of same offence.
“Apart from the counts being of same offence, same section of the law is being provided in these counts,” he said.
“I submit that the prosecution misfired by bringing different charges and instituting the same case in different courts.
“I urge your lordship to quash the charge because it is defective and an abuse of court process,”
In response, the prosecuting counsel, Titilayo Shitta-Bey, said the general rule is that every offence must be in a separate count.
“It will be against the provisions of the law to lump the two offences in one count,” she added.
She said the first defendant, Evans, was charged with attempt to murder one James Uduji in count three, while in count four, he was charged with attempt to murder Donald Nwoye.
She also said that other charges filed against the first defendant in other courts involved other defendants and different charges. She, therefore, urged the court to dismiss the application.
Counsel to the second defendant urged the court to dismiss the charges against Linus Okpara, his client, stating that no prima facie had been established against him.
Jude Igbanoi, counsel to the third defendant, said, “I will align myself with the arguments made by the first defendant.
“I urge this honourable court to quash the charge, there is nothing in the proof of evidence linking the third defendant to the charge”
In response however, Ms Shitta-Bey said the proof of evidence disclosed a prima facie case against Okpara.
She said the proof of evidence disclosed where the third defendant admitted collecting N2m for the first defendant in relation to one of the victims, Uche Okoroafor. She, therefore, urged the court to dismiss the argument of the third defendant.
The case was adjourned to June 26 for ruling .

Author: News Editor

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