The Court case between Dowen College and Sylvester’s Oromoni’s family was held in court today and new video evidence was presented before an Ikeja Court which the counsel to Dowen calls it an ambush.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that counsel to Dowen College, Mr Anthony Kpokpo, made the allegation at the start of the testimony of Oromoni’s father after some documents, videos and audio recordings were tendered in evidence.
Kpokpo said that the documents, videos, and audio were withheld from other parties in the suit all the while to create a shock.
The evidence includes documents, photographs, audio recordings, videos, and battered luggage of the deceased.
Counsel to the school said the content of the video affirms their earlier assertion that it was deliberately kept away from us.
“The videos that we just watched and the managed audio we listened to had always been in the custody of the family of the deceased and was brought at this stage for shock value.
“In the circumstances of what we are seeing, we are constrained to go and view all the materials put before us.
“I pray that my learned friend is kind enough to extend the courtesy to us as we did to them so that we will be appropriately prepared to cross-examine the witness to move forward,” he said.
Counsel to Lagos State Government, Mr Akin George, also described the development as ‘ambush’.
“It will not be out of place to say the counsel on the other side acted in the nature of ambush,” he said.
Mr Godwin Omoaka (SAN), counsel to one of the accused Dowen College students, said that other parties to the proceedings were blindsided.
“My learned friend (Efole) ought to have made the documents available to us all this while.
“It is only appropriate that we see those videos and watch them, else, it will impact on the issue of fair hearing to us,” he said.
The Coroner Mr Mikhail Kadiri, adjourned the evidence of Oromoni Snr. until Feb. 14.
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