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Evans: LASG Adds Lagos-based Lawyer, Femi Falana As A Witness

'EVANS'

FEMI FALANA (SAN) 

By Francis Iwuchukwu, Lagos 

The Lagos State government on Thursday (today) indicated its desire to add popular Lagos-based lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Femi Falana as a witness in the on-going trial of the suspected billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike alias Evans.

This is coming as the state government through its lawyer, Y. G Oshoala, announced before a Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere, that he has filed an application to that effect.

According to Oshoala, an issue came up during trial within trial which required that "we call an additional witness.”

It would be recalled that on January 16, 2019, Evans had hinted the court that his confessional statement which he made to the police after his arrest in 2017, was made under duress.

This prompted the court, presided over by Justice Adedayo Akintoye to order trial within trial and which was conducted to ascertain whether the defendant's statement was actually made under duress.

The suspected kidnap merchant is answering questions to two separate charges, that has to do with conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and attempted murder.

In the first charge, Evans is answering questions alongside Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba.

Evans in the second charge is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba.

During today's sitting on the matter, Oshoala argued that during trial within trial, Evans had stated that Falana came to visit him while in police custody but was prevented from seeing him due to excessive torture which he was going through.

Oshoala consequently stated that he would want to call the SAN as a witness for the interest of justice.

However, Evans' lawyer, R. B. Ekeh, insisted that he had yet responded to the application, with an addition that other defendants' counsel said that they were not served with the application.

But Oshoala responded, saying, "the issue came up during trial within trial of the first defendant (Evans) and therefore does not concern the other defendants."

The trial court then ordered that all the defendants be served, "those concerned will reply".

The matter has been adjourned until September 18, 2019.

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