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Witnesses in Evans trial beg to testify via zoom for security reasons

Two prosecution witnesses in the trial of kidnappers Chukwudimeme ‘Evans’ Onwuamadike and dismissed army personnel Victor Aduba have refused to testify in court, citing security reasons.

The state counsel, Yusuf Sule, made the disclosure on Monday before an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

“We have two witnesses but they said they would not be able to come to court to testify for security reasons.

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“The second witness is the younger brother of the kidnap victim. They said they would prefer to testify over zoom.

“As a result, the prosecution will like to file an application for a zoom meeting,” Mr Sule said.

Evans counsel, Oyekunle Falabi, and Mr Aduba’s counsel, Emmanuel Ochai, did not oppose the prosecution’s request.

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Before adjourning the case, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo expressed dissatisfaction at the slow pace of the trial.

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“This is a 2017 case, it is a criminal case, and we ought to have concluded it by now,” she said.

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Mrs Taiwo postponed the hearing on the prosecution’s application until November 29.

Four counts of abduction and unauthorized possession of guns have been filed against the kidnappers.

They are suspected of kidnapping Sylvanus Ahamonu, a businessman, holding him prisoner for at least nine weeks, and demanding $420,000 in ransom from his family.

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  1. Why we they have two witnesses that we said they can’t be able to come to court to testify for security reasons. Which security reason is that Aldo this Nigeria looks somehow but they need to

  2. So this man case is still at the court , i thought maybe by now he is saving his punishment at the prison… Its on fair, this is not the law it has taken longer more than expected….
    The two witnesses are right, who will come to testify for a notorious kidnapper, a wealthy One as that…
    Me I will say thesame thing because of security reasons, because his men are still out there with there ears on the ground, they maybe killed before or after appealing at the court. I know he (Evans) will be working with some of the high politicians in the country, his case is not a small that’s why it has taken long..

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