Former Chairman of the Nationwide Human Rights Fee (NHRC), Professor Chidi Odinkalu and standard activist Deji Adeyanju with Sowore and Bakare on the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja on Wednesday. PHOTO: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun.
The Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja on Wednesday fined the Federal Authorities the sum of N200,000 for in search of and inflicting an adjournment of the trial of Omoyele Sowore.
The nice should be paid by the Federal Authorities between now and tomorrow which is the brand new date for the continuation of the trial.
The presiding choose, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu described the prosecution’s request for the adjournment as frivolous and uncalled for.
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She warned that the proceedings wouldn’t proceed if the prosecution fails to current proof of the fee of the N200,000 to the defence or come to court docket with the money on Thursday.
The choose additionally expressed dissatisfaction with the prosecution’s failure to serve all obligatory paperwork as ordered by the court docket over seven weeks in the past.
The prosecuting counsel, Kayode Alilu, from the workplace of the Lawyer-Common of the Federation, had earlier defined to the court docket that the modification of the costs adopted the taking on of the case from the Division of State Service (DSS) in December.
Defence lawyer, Yinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN) of Femi Falana chambers contended that the prosecution weren’t ready for trial and urged the court docket to strike out the costs.
He mentioned the prosecution’s request for an adjournment was frivolous and a sign of their lack of diligence within the prosecution of the case.
He added that the prosecution is barely within the drama after arraigning the defendants since August 2019
He additional mentioned the prosecution is at all times involved in in search of adjournment with a view to punish the defendants who’re pressured to remain in Abuja on the mercy of buddies and well-wishers
Alilu in response to the defence lawyer requested the court docket to discountenance the applying to strike out the swimsuit and urged the court docket to grant an adjournment until Thursday to allow them impact service of the amended fees on the defendants.
Lawyer to the defendants counters his argument saying the prosecution is just not ready to proceed the matter Thursday as they’re but to serve them the listing and statements of their witnesses regardless of the order of the court docket to take action.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu in a brief ruling views the applying for adjournment as frivolous.
She ordered the prosecution to pay a sum of N200, 000 as the fee to the defendants for the frivolous software for adjournment.
She then adjourned the matter adjourned until February 13.