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Offa robbery: Absence of witness stalls hearing

The absence of witness has stalled continuation of hearing on April 5, 2018, Offa bank robbery trial in Ilorin, Kwara state.

When the case came up for the continuation of hearing the Prosecution counsel, Bola Gold, told the court that the police officers who are the prosecution witnesses in the matter were on national assignment for the last Saturday rerun elections in some parts of the country and had not returned to their base.

He urged the court to grant short adjournment which the defence counsel, Mathias Emeribe, did not oppose.

In her ruling, the trial judge, Justice Haleema Salman warned both the defence and prosecuting counsels against unnecessary delay in the hearing of the matter.

She expressed displeasure that no appreciable progress had been made in the hearing of the case since 2018 when it started due to request for adjournments by the counsels.

The court held that both counsels should be prepared to end the trial within the next adjourned date to enable the hearing properly in the suit commence the same day.

The case was adjourned till February 10th 2020, for the continuation of hearing.

Ali Rabiu.

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