- The two people were killed in separate incidents in Ekiti state during the first term of Governor Ayodele Fayose
- When the case came up for hearing, the Hon Thaddeus Aina was said to have been rushed out of the country for an undisclosed ailment
A member of the House of Representatives, Thaddeus Aina, has been arraigned with a former personal assistant to Governor Ayodele Fayose, Goke Olatunji, at a high court sitting in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state for alleged double murder.
According to reports, Aina was absent in court during the session to look into the alleged crime committed 11 years ago and this stalled the hearing. The prosecuting counsel, Adekunle Adetowubo, said Aina, who currently represents Ekiti North federal constituency 2, travelled on medical ground.
The accused are facing the court for allegedly murdering one Tunde Omojola who was based in Holland, and Ayodeji Daramola, a World Bank Consultant.
NAIJ.com learnt that Omojola was killed during a councillorship election Ifaki Ekiti in 2006 and Daramola was killed in Ijan Ekiti on August 14, 2006 while Fayose was still the governor of the state.
Adetowubo and the counsel to the defendants, Adedayo Adewumi, urged the court presided over by Justice Adewale Fowe for a brief adjournment and for the court to issue a witness summon.
Adetowubo confirmed that the lawmaker was actually ill as he was told. He added: “The purpose of this case is to prosecute and not to persecute. Again, only the living can be tried and not the dead.
“We pray that he recovers soon and by the time he will appear, the trial can be heard expeditiously. We can’t continue with this case until the second defendant appears in court, because this is a criminal case.
“Ordinarily, we would have requested for a bench Warrant to bring him to court, but we have done our own findings and we found out that he was truly flown abroad for treatment.
“My lord, this adjournment does not mean we are withdrawing the charges against him, we are not even ready for that.
“Some of those granted bail in this case could not be found now, but the second respondent has consistently been coming to court. So we want him granted this opportunity to appear when his health is restored.
“What we intended to do today is to mention the case, but under this circumstance, we oblige your lordship to give us a new date so that we can come with our witnesses.
“We know that this case has a chequered history but we still need patience since the defendant was only exercising his fundamental rights.”
The counsel to the respondent supported the prosecuting counsel that a brief adjournment is needed under this circumstance urging them, to tidy up their case for speedy trial of the accused persons.
Justice Fowe, while ruling, said: “This matter has stayed for long and I wish we continue now.
“But since both parties had sought for this adjournment under the circumstance, I hereby adjourn the case to April 27, 2017 for hearing.
“I also direct that all processes be served on the prosecuting witnesses to appear in court on that day.”
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