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Unilorin Rape Saga: Court orders arrest of defense counsel

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By Oluseyi Dasilva, Ilorin

Justice Ibrahim Yusuf, yesterday, issued a bench warrant for the arrest of one of the defense counsels. Barr. Sikiru Solagberu in the rape and murder trial of a University of Ilorin victim.

Matters took a new turn at the trial of the rape and murder case suspects today as the presiding judge who was visibly angry issued a bench warrant on the defense counsel.

It would be recalled that the eight suspects had all pleaded not guilty, thereby leading to the Court granting accelerated hearing on the matter and also further ordering daily prosecution on the matter. 

Counsel to the 7th defendant, Daud Bashir Adebayo who was charged with aiding, abetting and receiving stolen items, through his Secretary, Yemisi Ademola, served the court his intent to withdraw from the case but Justice Yusuf however frowned at the comments of the counsel in his interview to journalists after yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) sitting and therefore issued a bench warrant against him, stressing that his comments signify indiscipline.

The defense counsel to the 7th defendant, Daud Bashir Adebayo, charged with aiding, abetting and receiving stolen items, through his secretary Yemisi Ademola, had served the court his intent to withdraw from the case but alleged sentiments in the matter while speaking with journalists.

Barr. Solagberu had while reacting to the Court rejecting the bail application of his client said;

“The constitution gives room for suspects even if a capital offence to be granted bail and thus it isn’t novel. However because of sentiments attached to the case, usually people would not want to hear you filing an application for bail” he stressed.

The matter was thereafter adjourned till July 12, for further proceedings.

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