Defence counsel Leye Adepoju applied for an adjournment because his team, comprising six lawyers, has not identified its witnesses, because “it has not exhausted the subpoena
process being sought”.
Adepoju said his team would call six witnesses
and added that certified true copies of certain documents being sought were received last
He explained that certain photographs which
the team needs to prepare its case have not
The counsel said the team lacks the “coercive power” to subpoena witnesses and documents
and sought for time to enable him and his team
“I promise on behalf of my team that this will be
our last request for adjournment in this case, if
granted,” he said. The prosecuting lead counsel, Sanyaolu
Akinyele, who was with two lawyers, objected,
as according to him, “it would amount to a delay
“This is criminal justice and should attract
speedy trial,” he said. Justice Abimbola advised the two teams to
adhere to the reality of the case.
The judge said: “Let's leave out technicalities and
arguments in this case. Do you think I should
deny the request for adjournment given that
that there are many witnesses? “The case is for the defence team and it is their
case to present. If they have genuine reasons
for adjournment, they should be entertained.”
He advised both parties to decide on the date
convenient for them.
They decided on March 21 and 22 and the court granted their request.