Chidinma Ojukwu’s trial adjourned as lawyer takes excuse
The murder trial of Chidinma Ojukwu, the alleged killer of Super TV boss, Usifo Ataga, was stalled on Thursday due to the absence of her legal counsel, Onwuka Egwu.
Ms Ojukwu is standing trial for the alleged murder, stealing, and forgery alongside her sister, Chioma Egbuchu, and Adedapo Quadri.
Mr Egwu notified the Lagos High Court in TBS of his absence and applied for vacation on July 7 because he is stuck in Anambra due to flight delay. But legal counsels to the first and second defendants said they were not informed about his absence from court.
The state legal counsel, Adenike Oluwafemi, told the court that they were disappointed that Mr Egwu could not inform them.
She said that their witness was in court for their testimony.
Another counsel, C.J Jiakeponna, announced the appearance for the third defendant, Ms Egbuchu.
Counsel to the second defendant, Babatunde Busari, said the previous legal representative to Ms Egbuchu had requested an adjournment during the last sitting saying he needed time to read the documents.
He added that now there is a new legal counsel to the third defendant which might mean another delay of proceedings.
The judge, Yetunde Adesanya, warned that going forward such scenarios will not play out again, as legal counsel would not be allowed to use excuses to delay the process.
The judge adjourned the case till October 4 and 6.
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