Nigeria: Judge Raises Concerns Regarding Presence of Charms in the Courtroom
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
Justice Hakeem Oshodi from Ikeja High Court issued a stern warning on Monday, urging the public to refrain from leaving charms in his courtroom during the ongoing trial of five men accused of murdering Ifeanyi Etunmuse.
Oshodi referred to a talisman found after the last adjourned date as ‘property’ and cautioned the courtroom audience against leaving such items, stating, “Do not leave your property here again. It does not work anymore.”
The five suspects, Atunrase Omolabi, Shittu Olawale, Olaide Opeifa, Olanrewaju Adebiyi (aka Maja), and Jamiu Omosanya (aka Orobo), face charges related to the attempted murder and murder of Etunmuse at Western Funeral Home, Ijede Ikorodu.
During the trial, the defence counsel cross-examined Babatunde Olayinka, the prosecution witness. Olayinka, who hid in the cemetery during the alleged attack, stated that he could not emphatically link the defendants to the dead body he witnessed.
The defence counsel for the fourth defendant questioned Olayinka about Femi Onamade’s knowledge of the defendants. Olayinka affirmed that Femi could identify them.
The prosecution counsel, Mr M. T. Adewoye, sought clarification on Olayinka’s earlier statement about being unable to identify the defendants. Olayinka clarified that he did witness the machete-wielding men but couldn’t definitively link them to the accused.
As the trial continues, the judge issued a witness summons for Femi Onamade and adjourned the matter until Feb. 19, 2024. In a previous hearing, the prosecution alleged that the suspects also severed the wrist of Femi Onamade, the younger brother of Tosin Onamade.