Monday, June 27, 2016

Ibadan Lawyer Murder: Accused Woman Fails to Show Up to Court

The trial of the Ibadan lawyer who allegedly murdered her husband by stabbing him in the neck has been briefly stalled.
Oyelowo Oyediran and his corpse
The trial of Ibadan lawyer, Yewande Fatoki-Oyediran for the murder of her husband, Oyelowo Oyediran has encountered a brief setback as earlier scheduled for today, 27th of June, 2016 following a report by prison officials that she is indisposed and couldn't make an appearance.
However, there was no medical report to cement the claim at the High Court in the ancient city of Ibadan where she once occupied the post of a prosecutor. Further investigations have revealed that pressure is being mounted on the judiciary to give Yewande a favourable judgement.

SaharaReporters learned that the accused murderer has been working to stop her trial from proceeding. While her relatives have been pleading with the family of her deceased husband to settle the case out of court, associates of hers with high legal and political connections are said to have threatened friends of the deceased who insisted on Yewande’s trial.

By coincidence, Yewande, an influential lawyer, is being tried at the same Ibadan High Court where she works as a prosecutor. Sources at the court say she is enjoying considerable sympathy from her colleagues, most of who are standing by her in the trial, making professional prosecution almost impossible, as well as support from the prison authorities who are protecting her.

A legal source in Ibadan told a reporter that Yewande's absence in court today is part of the ploy to frustrate the court on her trial. The source pointed out that Yewande was unsettled after new evidence was introduced during the last court meeting that is capable of canceling out earlier plans by her defence team to prevent the emergence of tangible evidence linking her to the murder.

The court, which is being presided over by the State’s Chief Judge, Justice Muntar Abimbola, had previously stated that judgment would be given by August at the latest.  Today, however, he adjourned further hearing to October 24. following the absence of the defendant.

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