Alleged kidnap: Counsel Seeks To Call Femi Falana As Witness In Evans’ Trial
The Lagos State Prosecuting counsel, Mr Y.G Oshoala, in the trial of the suspected billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike alias Evans, on Thursday filed an application seeking to add Mr Femi Falana,SAN, as a witness in the case.
Oshala told an Igbosere High Court, Lagos that an issue came up during trial within trial which required that “we call an additional witness”.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on Jan. 16, Evans, told the court that his confessional statement which he made to the police after his arrest in 2017, was made under duress.
Therefore a trial within trial was conducted to ascertain whether the defendant’s statement was actually made under duress.
Evans is currently facing two separate charges, bordering on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and attempted murder, before Justice Adedayo Akintoye.
In the first charge, Evans is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba.
In the second charge, he is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba.
At the resumed hearing on Thursday, Oshoala told the court that during trial within trial Evans mentioned that Falana came to visit him while in police custody but was prevented from seeing him due to excessive torture which he was going through.
The prosecutor therefore said he would want to call the SAN as a witness for the interest of justice.
But the counsel to Evans, Mr R,B. Ekeh, said that he has not responded to the application, adding that other defendants’ counsel said that they were not served with the application.
Oshala said that “the issue came up during trial within trial of the first defendant (Evans) therefore does not concern the other defendants”.