The case was adjourned till April 18, 2016, for a decision on the application for private counsel to prosecute the suspect. It will be recalled that Lowo, who hails from Gbongan in Osun State and was based in France, was purportedly stabbed in the neck by his wife at about 6:10a.m on February 2, this year, and he died a few minutes later. His remains have been buried in Gbongan. At the proceedings on Tuesday, counsel to the complainant – Lowo’s family, Chief Yomi Aliu, told the court that the family had applied to the DPP for a fiat to employ the services of a private legal practitioner to prosecute Yewande. Justice Abimbola, who is the Chief Judge of the state, asked the counsel to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), Oyo State Ministry of Justice, Mr. Tajudeen Abdul-Ganiyu, to the tell the court the current status of the application for the fiat. Abdul-Ganiyu, who acknowledged the receipt of the application by the DPP, explained that applications have been made to the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, as well as the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, on the matter. He stated further that the process should have been completed before the next adjournment date on April 18. Abdul-Ganiyu also told the court that he was served with a notice of preliminary objection filed by the counsel to Yewande, Prince Bioye Ashanike, on the competence of the charge by DPP against the suspect. The court, however, directed the DPP counsel to file his written address and Prince Ashanike to file his response argument on the application within seven days. In a chat with Our reporter after the court proceedings, Chief Aliu said Lowo’s family applied for fiat to hire private legal practitioner to prosecute Yewande because “it is not proper, not that it is not legal for the DPP to prosecute Yewande, who is a principal state counsel with the DPP. “I trust the DPP counsel as well as the Solicitor General/permanent secretary of the Ministry of Justice. But it is not about me. It is about the public,” he said.]]>

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