Due to the ill-health of counsel for the third defendant, Mr. Ngozi Akandu, the trial of an undergraduate, Chidinma Ojukwu, for the alleged murder of Usifo Ataga, Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, was halted yesterday.
Ojukwu is charged with murder, stealing, and forgery in a Lagos High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square.
Her sister, Chioma Egbuchu (third defendant), and one Adedapo Quadri are also charged (second defendant).
The trial was halted on May 12, 2022, due to the third defendant’s change of counsel (Egbuchu).
Mr Ngozi Akandu, the new counsel, has asked for more acceptable documents to be served on him, as well as additional time to familiarize himself with the proof of evidence.
The trial was also halted on May 23 when the three defense attorneys objected to the tendering and admissibility of various documents found from Ojukwu’s residence during a search by the Police Investigative Officer, IPO.
The judge, Justice Yetunde Adesanya, however, ordered the prosecution to serve the defense with the essential documents for the trial and canceled the date set for Tuesday.
Mr Onwuka Egwu, counsel for the first defendant, read a letter to the court at the case’s resumed hearing yesterday.
The letter was sent by Akandu, the third defendant’s counsel, who stated that he was unable to attend owing to a sudden health problem.
As a result, Justice Adesanya delayed the case to July 7 to continue the trial.