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Defense counsel kicks as NSCDC Prosecutor is absent in Court

Yusuf Bakare

The lead counsel, Barrister Lanre Badmus in a matter between two Pastors of Evidence of Christ Church and the Nigerian Civil and Security Defence Corps, NSCDC, expressed displeasure over the attitude of prosecution counsel, Barrister Kehinde Ajide in the matter before Magistrate I. A. Dasuki on Monday which stalled the trial.

When the matter was called, the defendance team and their suspect walked in only to discover that the prosecution counsel did neither showed up nor made any written had arrived the court on Monday whenmatter that had been adjourned was again absent in court stalling the continued proceeding in the matter billed for Monday 26th July, 2021.

The NSCDC had instituted a instituted litigation against two Pastors Olumide Peter and Jesulayomi Adetola of Evidence of Christ Fellowship International Church before an Ilorin Margistrate Court on charges borthering on criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, wrongful confinement, putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion. The matter was however stalled as a result of the recent protracted JUSUN strike.

It was a dramatic scene on Monday at the renewed sitting in a suit filed by Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC against two Pastors; Olumide Peter and Jesulayomi Adetola of Evidence of Christ Fellowship International Church, Agbo-Oba, Ilorin.

The drama ensued when the matter came up for hearing before Magistrate I. A. Dasuki. The counsel to NSCDC, Barrister Kehinde Ajide presented a Prosecution Witness, Mrs. Funmilayo David to testify before the Court.

While giving her testimony, Mrs. David gave evidence in support of the allegation that the defendants took illegal custody of her son known, Philip but while she further said in the course of her examination – in – chief that her son had left home without the consent and approval of both parents in December 2020.

The witness added that she exchanged calls with her son regularly and that when he was to leave home finally, the boy left a note for her in which his reasons for leaving home was stated.

The defence counsels in the case which consists of Barrister Lanre Badmus and Barrister Oyekanmi Isijola subsequently cross-examined the Prosecution Witness. The lead defence counsel, Barrister Lanre Badmus put forward series of questions to the Prosecution Witness in cross-examination.

Barrister Badmus asked the Prosecution Witness how old her son is, she flared up saying “I am not dealing with issues about my son’s age, all I know is that the church took custody of my son without my consent and that of his father.”

It took the intervention of Barrister Ajide who told her to answer whatever she’s was asked and to decline questions she doesn’t have answers to.

Barrister Badmus then asked how old her son Philip is and she answered, “22 years old”

When asked whether she had attended services at Evidence of Christ Church as to be able to know what their mode of worship is, again, she gave a defiant response.”

You will recall that the NSCDC had charged (instituted litigation) (against) Pastors Olumide Peter and Jesulayomi Adetola of Evidence of Christ Fellowship International Church before an Ilorin Margistrate Court on charges borthering on criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, wrongful confinement, putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion. The  matter was however stalled as a result of the recent protracted JUSUN strike.

After the parties reached a consensus, the matter was thereafter adjourned to 26th July, 2021 for continuation of hearing.

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