The absence of the prosecution counsel on Tuesday stalled the trial of seven Boko Haram terrorists on trial at the Federal High Court, Abuja for abduction and murder of their captives.
The defendants are Mohammed Usman (aka Khalid Al-Barnawi), Mohammed Bashir Saleh, Umar Mohammed Bello (aka Abu Azzan), Mohammed Salisu (aka Datti), Yakubu Nuhu (aka Bello Maishayi), Usman Abubakar and a female, Halima Haliru.
They allegedly abducted seven foreigners from a construction site in Bauchi and took them to the Sambisa Forest, in Borno State, where they were murdered.
At their resumed trial yesterday, the prosecuting counsel, Miss. Adeola Hope, who held brief for Shuaibu Labaran, told the court of ill health of the lead prosecution.
She said that the lead prosecuting counsel was unavoidably absent due to ill health and urged the court to adjourn the matter to enable him continue with the trial.
While opposing the prosecution’s application for adjournment, the defence counsel led by Mr. S. N. Abba, said that “there is no law which states that if the lead counsel is absent the matter should not hold”.
The defence stated that the lead counsel had on the last adjourned date came with a large number of lawyers in order to move their motion of remanding the defendants.