The trial of a former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, was further adjourned on Monday following the absence of his counsel, Joe Agbi, from court.
Mr. Lamido and four others, including two of his sons, Aminu and Mustapha Lamido, are facing trial on allegations of fraud and abuse of office while he was governor of Jigawa between 2007 and 2015.
They were accused of alleged money laundering to the tune of N1.35 billion.
In a letter he wrote to the court, Mr. Agbi requested an adjournment because of an urgent commitment he had at the Supreme Court.
The trial judge, Adeniyi Ademola, however expressed dissatisfaction over the defence counsel’s absence, stating that another lawyer should have represented the accused persons in court.
“We cannot allow this, there is no one here. Not even one person”, Justice Ademola fumed.
He subsequently adjourned the case to May 31.
The previous sitting on the matter in April was stalled when one of the defendants, Aminu Lamido, suddenly took ill and had to be rushed to the hospital.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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