Court adjourns Evans’ trial.

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The trial of suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, before a Special Offences Court in Lagos was stalled on Wednesday.

Evans’ trial could not continue as his new counsel, Nuel Brown, asked the court for an adjournment to enable him properly study the case file.

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Brown was hired by Evans following the withdrawal of Olukoya Ogungbeje, his former lead counsel.

Ogungbeje had on June 13 announced that he was withdrawing for personal reasons, after alleging that there were threats to his life.

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In the four counts before the court, Evans is standing trial alongside Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba.

They were charged with kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms.

The defendants were also accused of kidnapping one Mr Sylvanus Ahamonu, holding him hostage for at least nine weeks and collecting a ransom of $420,000 from his family.

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However, the prosecuting counsel, Adebayo Haroun, did not object to the request for an adjournment.

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, therefore, adjourned the case till October 5 and 19, 2018, for the continuation of trial.

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