Funsho Williams Murder: Absence of Witnesses Stalls Trial

Funsho Williams Murder: Absence of Witnesses Stalls Trial

The inability of the prosecution to produce witnesses, on Monday, stalled legal proceedings in the murder of Mr Funsho Williams, a People’s Democratic Party governorship candidate for Lagos State.

Funsho Williams Murder: Absence of Witnesses Stalls Trial

Williams was to contest the governorship election in 2007 but was murdered in July, 2006 The prosecution counsel, Mrs Akin Adesomoju, could not provide witnesses before Justice Ebenezer Adebajo of the Igbosere High Court in Lagos State. Adesomoju told the court that the two key witnesses — former Commissioner of Police, Mr Ovie Oyokomino and ASP Abasi Udoe — were not available. She prayed for an adjournment to enable them to be available.

However, counsel to the defendants, Mr O. Agbara, urged the court not to tolerate such prayers anymore. He said that the prosecution could produce other witnesses pending the time the two witnesses would be available. “There are five other witnesses in this matter,” Agbara said.

The court consequently adjourned the case to April 29 for evidence by the prosecution. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Bulama Kolo, Musa Maina, David Cassidy, Tunani Sonani, Mustapha Kayode and Okponwasa Imariabie, all male, were charged with Williams’ murder. They were arraigned on March 1, 2013 on a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder.

They allegedly conspired and murdered the politician on July 27, 2006, at 34A, Corporation Drive, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, in contravention of Section 316 and 324 of the Criminal Code of Lagos State, 2003.

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