By Ismaila Akanji, Ibadan

 

Family members of a murder victim, late Lowo Oyediran has filled a petition to involve a private lawyer in the prosecution of his (Oyediran’s) wife.

Drama as murder victim’s family rejects government’s prosecution lawyer

By Ismaila Akanji, Ibadan

 

Family members of a murder victim, late Lowo Oyediran has filled a petition to involve a private lawyer in the prosecution of his (Oyediran’s) wife.

 

The deceased was reportedly stabbed to death by his wife, Yetunde Oyediran in theirIbadan, Oyo State capital home while asleep.

 

In a letter addressed to the Permanent Secretary and Solicitor-General of the state, they are canvassing that their private lawyer be embedded with the prosecuting team from the state Department of Public Prosecution.

 

In the letter dated February issued by the legal counsel to the deceased, Kehinde Adesiyan, they called for an impartial independent legal practitioners to prosecute the case on behalf of the state government.

 

“You will recall our earlier letter dated 4th February 2016 in which our client instructed us to appeal to your office and the Department of Public Prosecution to allow for untainted legal advice in respect of the above subject matter. 

“We really want to express our appreciation to your office for the prompt rendering of the legal advice in respect of this matter and the filling of information to the Oyo State High Court for the commencement of the prosecution of this case.

 

“Whilst the family appreciates your efforts, the family felt that for there to be justice to all stakeholders in this case, it will be fair and appropriate for an impartial independent legal practitioners to prosecute this case on behalf of the Government of Oyo State.

 

“This became necessary in view of the fact that the accused herself is a legal officer not only in the Ministry of Justice of Oyo State, she is an officer in the Directorate of Public Prosecution that is statutorily saddled with the handling of cases like this. Needless to say that the refusal of this application for fiat to prosecute this matter will violate the latter pillar of the principle of fair hearing and natural justice.

 

“As we all aware, as legal minds, that justice is three way traffic- for the accused, the victim and the society. In view of the above explanation, we most respectfully apply for the fiat of the Ministry of Justice as private legal practitioners to prosecute this case on behalf of the Ministry of Justice and the government of Oyo State”

 

Copies of the letter was sent to the state governor, Director of Public Prosecution and the Chief judge of Oyo State.

 

Besides, yesterday the accused person, Yewande, appeared at the Oyo State High Court before Justice Mukhtar  Abimbola who is also the State Chief Judge, after the case has been transferred from Magistrate court due to lack of jurisdiction to hear the case.

 

Yewande arrived in court at 9:09am, in company of heavily armed prison officials, covering her face with clothes.

 

A legal counsel, Chief Michael Aliu who claimed to be appearing on behalf of the family of the deceased for the proceeding, said he was in court to watch the brief, but the defence lead counsel, Oloyede Ashanike opposed his claim and objected it.

 

But Justice Abimbola over-ruled the objection and granted Chief Aliu the permission to watch the brief without making a speech.

 

The prosecuting counsel, Tajudeen Abdul-Ganiyu applied for the date for the commencement of the court, appealing that the court bailiff serves the defence counsel the document of the case.

 

Justice Abimbola ordered the court bailiff to serve the defence counsel immediately and that counsel of both parties should deliberate together and pick a date for the commencement of the trial.

 

The prosecuting counsel, said he has eight witnesses to present, adding that they have agreed to commence the case on March 24, 2016.

 

Justice Abimbola therefore adjourned till March 24, 2016.

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