TRIAL OF SUSPECTED INVADERS OF JUSTICE ODILI’S HOME SUFFERS SETBACK, FOLLOWING ABSENCE OF POLICE COUNSEL IN COURT
The trial of suspected invaders of the residence of a recently retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Mrs MARY ODILI, was on Thursday stalled in a Federal High Court, Abuja.
Brave Views reports that the development was due to the absence of the Police Counsel, MATHEW OMOSUN.
At the resumed trial today, USMAN JUBRIL, who is the counsel for the 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th and 14th defendants in the suit, regretted that the prosecutor was not in court, despite the fact that the matter was slated for continuation of trial.
The lawyer disclosed that he spoke with the Commissioner of Police in charge of legal on phone, who told him that the Police lawyer was on leave.
He therefore, prayed the court for an adjournment.
However, another lawyer, Dr MUSA SULEIMAN, who appeared for the 15th defendant expressed sadness over the development.
SULEIMAN argued that the Nigerian Police Force, which is a government establishment is not a one-man office, where no other lawyer could appear on behalf of OMOSUN.
He urged the court to put the action of the Police on record, even as other lawyers spoke in the same vein.
The presiding Judge, Justice NKEONYE MAHA, adjourned the matter till July 19 and July 20.
The Judge disclosed that the adjournment was at the instance of the prosecution.
She directed the court registry to ensure that the prosecuting counsel is served with the hearing notice on the next adjourned date.
Recall that ODILI’s home was on October 29, 2021, invaded by some persons, who claimed to be security agents on allegations that the judge was keeping a large sum of money in foreign currencies.
On December 15, 2021, the 15 suspects arrested over the invasion were arraigned by the Police before Justice MAHA.
They were arraigned on an 18-count charge in suit no. FHC/ABJ/CR/436/2021, which bordered on alleged conspiracy to commit felony and forgery of court documents.