Justice Jude Okeke of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has threaten to terminate the trial of Justice Adeniyi Ademola if the prosecution is not ready for the case.
Justice Okeke who lambasted the prosecution for the manner it is conducting the trial of the suspended judge of the Federal High Court, his wife and Joe Agi SAN over bribery allegations noted that the attitude of the prosecution showed that they are not ready for the trial.
The judge warned that he will no longer accept an instance where the prosecution will continue to delay the trial and that if the prosecution did not produce it’s witnesses at the next adjourned date, the court will be forced to do the needful.
The court later adjourned till today instead of tomorrow which the prosecution requested for.
The prosecution counsel, Segun Jegede had prayed the court for an adjournment till Wednesday in order to get his witnesses ready.
At the resumed hearing yesterday, Jegede had earlier told the court that he was informed by one of his witness, Dr. Shaibu Teidi that his life is being threatened and that he (Teidi) had reported the same to the Police in Maitama division in Abuja.
Jegede added that the police had however taken Teidi to a secured destination, a situation which prevented him from coming to court.
Responding, counsel to Ademola, Onyechi Ikpeazu SAN however objected to the information being given by the prosecution on ground that such should have been communicated to him first.
In a short ruling, the court held that it was not ready to delve into the issue since it has been reported to the police.
He however urged the police to carry out its investigation on the allegation.
He consequently ordered the Inspector General of Police to provide security for the prosecution, its witnesses, the defense team and all their witnesses as well.
After this, Jegede further prayed the court for adjournment till Wednesday for the continuation of trial adding that such will enable him to get his witnesses.
Defense team however strongly objected to adjournment.