Ruling has been reserved for April 3, in the trial of the suspended Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, Drambi Vandi, who allegedly killed a Lagos-based lawyer, Omobolanle Raheem, on December 25.
This is as the defence counsel, Mr. Adetokunbo Odutola, in adopting his final written address on a no-case submission, which was filed on February 20, 2023 asked the court to dismiss the suit and discharge the defendant claiming that he has no case to answer.
Therefore, Justice Ibironke Harrison of the Lagos State High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS, Annex, Lagos Island on Monday adjourned the case to a later date after the prosecution and defence counsel had adopted their final written addresses.
The defence counsel, Mr. Adetokunbo Odutola, in adopting his final written address on a no-case submission filed February 20th, 2023, he urged the court to dismiss the suit and discharge the defendant claiming that he has no case to answer.
The defendant’s no case submission was dated February 20, 2023 while the prosecution reply was dated February 24, 2023, then the defendant filed a reply on point of law dated February 27, 2023.
The defence lawyer want the court to free his client, saying that the ballistic report of the gun did not match with the bullet that was shot.
Odutola also argued that the pathologist who testified mentioned that the bullet penetrated from the left through the armpit while the prosecution stated that the deceased was shot in the chest.
Based on the arguments, the defence concluded that the prosecution does not have a case against his client, as the defendant is contending that the prosecution has not made out a prima facie case against the defendant to warrant him enter defence.
The prosecution led by the Attorney General of Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbanjo, countered the arguments and urged that the defendant come up to defend himself in the case.
Following the arguments, Justice Harrison adjourned the matter till February 3 for ruling.
Recall that the defendant has been standing trial for a one-count charge of murder brought against him by the Lagos State government contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 for alledgedly killing a female lawyer.