Witnesses in murder case against female lawyer demand N.5m transport money

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Two prosecution witnesses in a case of murder against a female lawyer, Yewande Oyediran, have demanded N500,000 as transport cost to attend the court session

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Oyediran, a staff of the Directorate of Public Prosecution in the Oyo State of Ministry of Justice, allegedly murdered her husband, Lowo, by stabbing him with a knife on February 2 at Akobo area of Ibadan.

The private prosecutor, Sanya Akinyele, informed an Oyo State High Court in Ibadan at Wednesday’s hearing that the case could not proceed because of the demand made by the witnesses.

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Akinyele said that the two witnesses vowed not to testify until the money was paid.

The prosecutor said the landlord of the deceased, John Akinpelu, and his wife, Esther, were the vital witnesses in the case.

He urged the court to summon the witnesses, saying they ought to testify before the other witnesses in the case.

Akinyele also urged the court to direct the Chief Registrar to pay N5,000 to each of the witnesses to cover their transport expenses.

Justice Munta Abimbola said that it was disheartening for a witness to demand for money in a case of this nature.

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Abimbola ordered a witness summon to be issued on the duo, saying failure by them to comply would attract sanction.

The judge also ordered the Chief Registrar to pay N5,000 to the two witnesses to cover their transport expenses.

The money, he said, was to be drawn from the internally generated revenue of the Oyo State High Court.

He adjourned the case till December 5 for continuation of hearing as well as consideration of the bail application filed by the defendant’s counsel, Abioye Ashanike.

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Three witnesses were earlier called on Tuesday in the matter.

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