Apo six: Prosecution stalls adoption of final written addresses

As court adjourns till Nov 15

The inability of the prosecution counsel, Chief Chris Uche, to file response to the final written addresses of defendants in the case of alleged extra- judicial killing of six Apo traders in Abuja, on Tuesday, stalled the scheduled adoption of addresses by parties in the matter before a high court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

When the matter came up  on Tuesday, Uche told the court that the defendants served on the prosecution an application seeking an extension of time to file their written addresses, except the 6th defendants that filed on time.

He told the court that the business of  Tuesday’s proceedings, was to hear the application for extension of time to file addresses by the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th defendants in the matter.

But, the trial judge and the Chief Judge of the FCT judiciary, Justice Ishaq Bello ,reminded the prosecution that what happened at the last sitting on June 29, 2016, was that the prosecution was given 21 days to file their reply to the addresses of the defendants.

On that note, Uche apologised for the mix-up, noting that there was a dis-connect between him and the prosecution team that appeared in the matter at the last sitting and begged the court to give him another 21 days within which to reply to the defendants’ applications.

While the counsel to the first defendant, Ricky Tarfa, did not object to the application for adjournment, he, however, asked the court to abridge the time, since the prosecution had failed to utilise the 21 days earlier granted them to file.

In his ruling, Justice Bello gave the prosecution 15 days to file a composite reply to the applications of the defendants in the matter and gave the defendants eight days to reply on point of law and adjourned the matter till November 15, for adoption of final written addresses.

Justice Bello, had, in June, adjourned till  Tuesday, for adoption of final written addresses but parties could not do so due to the in-ability of the prosecution to file their address.