Notorious kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans, is in a fix on his legal representation after lead counsel, Olukoya Ogungbeje, withdrew from the case.
Evans is standing trial before a Lagos State High Court over high profile kidnapping cases in the country, which Ogungbeje was representing him as legal counsel.
However, Ogungbeje in an unexpected turn, announced his withdrawal from the case, citing personal reasons for his decision.
In a statement he personally signed, Ogungbeje said since taking up the defence of Evans, his life and that of his co-defense counsels have come under repeated threats.
Ogungbeje, who said he and his team have fought a good fight but he could no longer handle the case to preserve his life.
The statement partly read, “For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state categorically that we have fought a good fight this far despite repeated and sustained threats to my life and my co-defence lawyers, I dare say we have no regrets whatsoever having conducted the criminal charges involving our client this far.”
He continued, “For the sake of history, we have been able to enrich the basic principles of our Criminal Jurisprudence especially the principle premised on an accused person being presumed innocent until the contrary is proved no matter the public opinion and the criticism.
“We have been able to keep the prosecution on their toes in the art of Forensic, proper and thorough investigation and prosecution of accused persons.”