An Akwa Ibom State Excessive Courtroom sitting in Uyo has adjourned the trial of Frank Akpan and his daughter, Bassey Anwan, over the alleged homicide of a job seeker, Iniubong Umoren.
The individuals are standing trial on two-count of accent after the very fact of homicide and harbouring of the primary accused particular person, Akpan, in an effort to escape punishment respectively.
The courtroom adjourned the trial to January 31 following the withdrawal of the lead Counsel, Emms Ekongson.
In accordance with Vanguard, Ekongson notified the courtroom of the termination of their illustration of each of his purchasers on Friday in a letter addressed to the Clerk of the Courtroom.
Within the letter which was learn earlier than the courtroom by the clerk, Ekongson famous that the choice to terminate their illustration adopted the failure of the household of his purchasers to pay his charges.
Throughout the courtroom continuing, counsel to Uduak-Abasi Akpan, the primary accused particular person, and Coordinator, Akwa Ibom State Authorized Assist Council, Samson Adula, assured the courtroom he would contact one other lawyer to signify the 2 accused individuals.
The trial Decide, Justice Bassey Nkanang, due to this fact, urged Frank, the second accused particular person to liaise with Samson Adula to attach him and his daughter to a different lawyer.
Nkanang adjourned the homicide case until January 31, 2022, following an attraction by Samson Adula that he wouldn’t be inside the jurisdiction of the courtroom on February 4 which the courtroom had initially fastened as the following adjourned date for continuation of listening to.
When requested why he didn’t take over the defence of second and third accused individuals, Samson Adula, defined that he couldn’t have executed so since he was not the one which dealt with it from the start.
He mentioned: “All people has his personal manner of defence. I’ve my very own manner of placing up my defence, he (Ekongson) has his personal manner. And now he has withdrawn, let a impartial particular person come and proceed from there.
“Bear in mind we’ve got taken about 8 witnesses out of 12. So at this stage, it’s not very snug for me since I didn’t begin from the start, though I’ve been current. My workplace by advantage of our Act, statutorily empowers us to assign such instances to Attorneys.
“There are some Attorneys which have approached us to assign prison instances to them. We’ll contact a few them and anyone that is able to deal with this case, we are going to assign the particular person to come back in and conclude the defence of the second and third accused individuals.”