The inability of suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, to pay legal fees charged by his counsel, yesterday stalled his trial before an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

He is facing two cases before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo.

The defence counsel, Mr Olanrewaju Ajanaku, had written to the court to request for adjournment in both cases.

In the first case, Evans is facing a four count charge of kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms alongside Victor Aduba, a dismissed soldier.

They were alleged to have kidnapped Mr Sylvanus Ahamonu and held him hostage for about nine weeks.

They were also alleged to have collected $420,000 as ransom from his family.

In the second matter, the suspected kidnap kingpin is facing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze and Udeme Upong over the attempted kidnap of the Chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors, Chief Vincent Obianodo.

They are facing a seven-count charge of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kidnap and sale and transfer of firearms.

At the resumed proceedings before Justice Taiwo yesterday, Ajanaku’s letter was read in court by prosecuting counsel Mr Abiodun Alagbe.

Aduba’s defence counsel, Mr Emmanuel Ochai, also confirmed to the court that he has been served with a copy of Ajanaku’s letter.

Ochai further told the court that he was also informed that the first and second defendants have filed their written addresses.

He said he was not opposing the request for adjournment.

The trial judge, Justice Taiwo, in her reaction, expressed her reservations to the defence counsel’s request for an adjournment.

She described as “ridiculous” that the court was made to for the first defendant (Evans) and his counsel to negotiate fees in respect of a case that is already before the court and for which trial has commenced.

Justice Taiwo adjourned the first case till March 20 for adoption of written addresses.

The second case was adjourned till March 29 for further hearing.

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