Victor Aduba, who was indicted with kidnap kingpin Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, had a no-case submission denied by an Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday (alias Evans).
According to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), Aduba, an ex-soldier, and Evans are accused of kidnapping a businessman named Mr Sylvanus Ahamonu and demanding a $420,000 ransom from his family.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo concluded that the prosecution had established a prima facie case against Aduba, and that his no-case motion from February 23 had been unsuccessful.
“I have carefully reviewed the prosecution and defense submissions.
“At this point, the court’s job is not to analyze the prosecution’s case, but to determine whether the prosecution has enough evidence to allow the defendant to defend himself.”
“The prosecution’s evidence demonstrates that it has established a prima facie case against the defendant and that the defendant has a case to answer.”
Taiwo concluded, “I hereby dismiss the defense’s application and direct that the defendant open his defense.”
Mr. Emmanuel Ochai, the defendant’s defense attorney, argued that the prosecution had failed to build a prima facie case against him.
As a result, he requested that the case against his client be dismissed in court.
Mr Yusuf Sule, the prosecution’s lawyer, had requested the court to evaluate if the evidence presented sufficiently linked the defendant to the alleged crimes.
According to NAN, Evans began his defense on February 4 and denied kidnapping Ahamonu and demanding $420,000 in ransom from his family.
According to NAN, the court was dissatisfied with the defendants’ absence on March 28, which caused the trial to be postponed.
The judge postponed Aduba’s opening of defense until June 15.
Evans is facing four kidnapping allegations in Lagos State’s high courts.
On February 25, Justice Hakeem Oshodi condemned him and two others to life in jail for kidnapping Mr Donatius Dunu, the CEO of Maydon Pharmaceuticals Ltd.