Evans’ inability to pay legal fees stalls trials

The inability of alleged kidnap kingpin Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike , alias Evans , to pay his legal bills has stalled two trials which are before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court .

Mr Chinoye Obiagwu (SAN ), the counsel to Evans and Chiemeka Arinze his co - defendant in one of the kidnap cases, had written to the court to request for an adjournment in both cases.
Portions of the letter dated March 4 and signed by Mr Noel Brown on behalf of Obiagwu was read in court by Mr Abiodun Alagbe, the state prosecutor.

Excerpts of the letter read , “ Now that he (Obiagwu ) is on hand to lead the defence , he finds that the families of the defendants are yet to provide some necessary yet critical obligations , which to prevent any embarrassment , and for the safety and well being of the defendants , who are still being held in custody , he ( Obiagwu) would not want disclosed to the open court . ”

After he had read portions of the letter , Alagbe noted that Evans ’ defence team were also absent in court during the trial on February 6 .

Reacting to the letter , Justice Taiwo registered her displeasure at the request for an adjournment .

“ It is ridiculous that we should wait for the first defendant (Evans ) and his counsel to negotiate for a case that is already in court , ” she said .
The Judge , however , acceded to the request and granted different adjournment dates for the two suits .

NAN reports that in the first criminal suit , Evans is facing trial alongside Victor Aduba, a dismissed member of the Nigerian Army.
The defendants are charged with four counts of kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms .
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