Court forecloses defendant’s right to file address in Osokogu’s case
A Lagos High Court yesterday foreclosed the right of the second defendant, Ezike Olisaeloka, to file his final written address in the trial on the murder of Cynthia Osokogu.
Justice Olabisi Akinlade gave the order due to the delay caused by the second defendant’s inability to file the final written address after several adjournments by the judge.
At the hearing of the matter yesterday, Akinlade ordered the prosecutor, Mrs. Bola Akinsete, to file her reply to final written addresses of the defendants.
The judge said she would not wait indefinitely for the second defendant’s counsel to file his final written address, saying: “It is on record that the court has given the second defendant several opportunities to file his written address since June 16 at the last adjourned date up till now and he has been unable to file.”
Akinsete, therefore, urged the court to foreclose the second defendant’s right to file the address to enable it make progress on the matter.
The judge, who also blamed the defence counsel for delaying the case, which she said was of public interest, adjourned the matter to December 8, 2016.
Osokogu was murdered on July 22, 2012 at Cosmilla Hotel, Lakeview Estate, Festac Town, Lagos, allegedly by her Facebook lover.
The four defendants: Okwumo Nwabufo, 33; Olisaeloka Ezike, 23; Orji Osita, 33 and Ezike Nonso, 25 are facing a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy, murder, stealing, reckless negligence and possession of stolen goods.