Feb 14, 2017 – Ibadan Husband Killer Yewande Oyediran’s Trial Adjourned For The 4th Time
Oyo State High Court Justice Mukta Abimbola on Monday adjourned till March 21 and 22, a case involving a lawyer, Yewande Oyediran, accused of murdering her husband, Lowo, on February 2, 2016.
Defence counsel Leye Adepoju applied for an adjournment because his team, comprising six lawyers, has not identified its witnesses, because “it has not exhausted the subpoena process being sought”.
Adepoju said his team would call six witnesses and added that certified true copies of certain documents being sought were received last Friday.
He explained that certain photographs which the team needs to prepare its case have not been received.
The counsel said the team lacks the “coercive power” to subpoena witnesses and documents and sought for time to enable him and his team adequately prepare.
“I promise on behalf of my team that this will be our last request for adjournment in this case, if granted,” he said.
The prosecuting lead counsel, Sanyaolu Akinyele, who was with two lawyers, objected, as according to him, “it would amount to a delay too many”.
“This is criminal justice and should attract speedy trial,” he said.
Justice Abimbola advised the two teams to adhere to the reality of the case.
The judge said: “Let’s leave out technicalities and arguments in this case. Do you think I should deny the request for adjournment given that that there are many witnesses?
“The case is for the defence team and it is their case to present. If they have genuine reasons for adjournment, they should be entertained.”
He advised both parties to decide on the date convenient for them.
They decided on March 21 and 22 and the court granted their request.