Actions were again halted on Thursday at the ongoing trial of alleged billionaire kidnapper Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and four others at the Special Offenses Tribunal, Ikeja, Lagos.
The trial was not resumed yesterday due to Evans’ inability to get a lawyer to represent him in court.
The prosecution and the investigation officer were also absent from the court.
A visibly angry judge, Judge Oluwatoyin Taiwo told Evans to look for a lawyer to defend him at the next trial date.
“Make sure you have a lawyer on April 3. If you don’t have a lawyer, we’ll get one for you. You cannot continue to postpone this case, ”said Judge Taiwo.
Judge Taiwo also notified the Legal Aid Council, saying the agency should be prepared to accept Evans’ case if he has no legal representation at the next court session. Evans is on trial alongside four others, Uche Amadi, Okechukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Victor Chukwunonso Aduba and Ogechi Uchechukwu.
They are being accused of kidnapping and illegal possession of firearms.
The prosecution accused Evans and others of kidnapping Mr. Sylvanus Ahamonu and holding him hostage for nine weeks and receiving a ransom of $ 420,000 from his family.
When the case was brought before judge Taiwo on Thursday, all defendants were in court and represented by their advisers, except Evans.
The development forced Judge Taiwo to postpone the trial until April 3.