By Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin
Presiding judge in the April 5th, 2018 bloody Offa bank robbery case, Justice Haleemah Salman Monday blamed the prosecution for the delay in the speedy trial of the case.
At the resumed hearing of the case Monday, Justice Salman washed off the hands of the court in the expeditious dispensation of the matter.
She said that “the court is not happy about the news going round in the media that the court is delaying adjudication on this matter. If anybody is to be blamed for the delay in this trial, it’s the prosecution. The case was adjourned on September 7, 2020, to December 21/22 to enable the prosecution to bring its key witness (Inspector Joseph Danjuma) to court. But on December 21, 2020, the prosecution was still unable to produce the witness, citing administrative bottlenecks.”
Earlier, prosecution counsel Bola Gold had filed an application before the court seeking the replacement of his key witness, Inspector Danjuma with Inspector John Newoke.
He told the court that Danjuma was outside the country on an official assignment.
He thereafter sought for adjournment of the case, to enable prosecution assembles the necessary gadgets needed to interpret videos and CCTV footages.
“The witness is to give evidence on videos and CCTV footage and we need to arrange gadgets in the court for this purpose. We will need an adjournment in view of the technicalities involved in this,” Gold submitted.
The defence counsel, Mathias Emeribe also agreed for adjournment.
He, however, reminded the court that the health challenge of the first defendant, Ayoade Akinnibosun had not be attended to as ordered by the court in the last adjourned date.
Justice Salman, who said the subsisting order of the court on the need for the doctor at the Correctional Service Centre, Ilorin to attend to the health challenge of the first defendant is still in force, gave a definite order asking Dr Paul Olaleye to give Akinnibosun proper treatment.
Before adjourning the case, Justice Salman said that “it is your case. I don’t know whether you are working for the defence. Just state your case and I will record.”
She then adjourned the case to February 17, 2021.
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