Ese Oruru: Defence counsel’s illness stalls trial, as prosecution kicks
The absence of the lead defence counsel yesterday stalled the resumed trial of the abductor of Ese Oruru, Dahiru Yunusa, who is standing trial on a five charge of criminal abduction, illicit sex, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor.
At the resumed hearing, at the Federal High Court, sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Abdul Mohammed, who appeared for the defence counsel told the court that their senior partner who is supposed to lead the defence is ill and therefore asked the court to adjourn the matter.
Mohammed said: “My Lord, our senior partner from Kano who is coming to lead the team is ill and he has asked the court to take cognisance of his health.” However, the Prosecution counsel, James Amate, lamented the series of adjournment the matter has suffered and urged the court not to entertain more adjournments from the defence team.
According to Amate, the logistics and cost of catering for the principal witness who is in police protective custody is taking its toll on the Police. The trial judge, Justice Aliya Nganjiwa, could not help but adjourned the matter to September 13th, for definite trial, adding that d the adjournment will be the last for the defence counsel.