Justice Munta Ladipo Abimbola yesterday adjourned till May 24 the case involving Mrs. Yewande Oyediran, a lawyer who allegedly murdered her husband, Oyelowo, on February 2 at their home in Akobo, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The adjournment followed a request by the defence counsel, Seun Abimbola, who sought for time to study the response of the prosecution to a preliminary objection earlier filed to challenge the competence of the charge against the suspect. The preliminary objection concerned the procedure taken by the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) which the defence said they were served in the morning. Consequently, the judge adjourned till May 24 when all written addresses will be adopted. But the counsel to the family of the deceased, Abayomi Aliu, expressed gladness at the pace of the trial.
“I don’t see justice being delayed in this matter. Justice is three-way traffic, one for the accused, one for the deceased and one for the state. In fact, it is one of the fastest criminal trials I have witnessed. We are moving in a way that is expected, in a civilised criminal matter,” he said.
At exactly 9:01am, Yewande was brought into the high court premises in a Nigeria Prison Service’s white bus and was heavily guarded by security operatives.
Unlike before when the suspect used a veil to cover her face, she did not use any covering yesterday but photojournalists were prevented from taking her picture.
The suspect, who looked depressed and perplexed, wore a green Ankara skirt and blouse, and was docked when her case was called by the court clerk
When leaving the court room, she was led downstairs through the staircases in the dock, which prevented journalists from taking her picture.
While waiting for her to enter the bus after the adjournment, some prison officials threatened to break journalists’ cameras, if they took the suspect’s picture.
The President, Women for Change Arise Initiative, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, has warned against any attempt to pervert justice in the case.
Okei-Odumakin spoke yesterday when she led members of the group on a protest at the High Court, Ibadan.
She called for speedy investigation and resolution of the case to deter others who engage in domestic violence.
The activist said the group will ensure that justice was served.