The Trial of (6) Six suspects in connection with the vandalism of NNPC Pipeline at Abule-Egba/Abule Talyor of Lagos State, last year December could not go on today, Wednesday 10th April 2019 due to the absence of the 2nd Defendant in the case.
The unfortunate incidence which resulted to several loss of properties in the inferno was investigated by the Nigerian Police and the alleged perpetrators arrested including one Hon. Adedipe Dauda Ewenla, the PDP House of Assembly candidate for Alimosho LGA in 2019 elections, were thereafter charged before the Honourable Justice A. M. Liman of Court 3, Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The Charge No. FHC/L/27C/19 – FRN Vs. (1) Issac Oyakunle (2) Adelateef Agboola (3) Adedipe Dauda Ewenla (4) Moshood Olarenwaju (5) Saheed Ishola & Anor; came up this morning for Trial where B. O. Ogundele, Esq appeared for the 1st Defendant and Mrs. A. E. Lawal, Esq appeared for the 2nd to 6th Defendants.
Mrs. A. E. Lawal, Esq informed the Court of the absence of the 2nd Defendant.
Speaking from the Bar, she submitted that the 2nd defendant is currently remanded in Kirikiri Prison in relation to another matter coming up on the 29th April, 2019 and apologized to the Court for this circumstances preventing the Trial to go on.
The Prosecution Counsel told the Court that he is only aware of the position this morning, if not he would have applied for summons to produce the 2nd Defendant in court.
The Court then adjourned the matter to 26th of June, 2019 for commencement of Trial and further directed the prosecution to apply for a warrant to produce the 2nd Defendant on the said date.
It would be recalled that one of the Major Victim of the said Pipeline inferno – Mr. Adeosun of PILLAR AUTOMOBILE cried out some weeks ago, seeking help from good Nigerians, to assist him to get back to life and business as he is currently depressed and seriously indebted to his clients as a result of the said pipeline fire incidence which destroyed everything in his Car Mart involving over 16 vehicles of different makes and models with equipment and machineries installed in the Car Mart.
Although his lawyers were also in court to watch the brief but declined granting interview with our correspondents after the case.