A Lagos High Court in Igbosere, on Wednesday, refused an application filed by Mohammed Rabo Lawal, urging the court to excuse him from further proceedings in the ongoing trial over the attempted murder of The Guardian publisher, Mr. Alex Ibru, and the former Delta State Director of Sports, Mr. Isaac Porbeni.
The Lagos State Government is prosecuting Lawal, a chief superintendent of police; the Chief Security Officer to the late Gen Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha; the former Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, James Danbaba and former Military Administrator of Zamfara State , Col. Jibrin Bala Yakubu over the attempted murder.
But Lawal had urged the court to excuse him from appearing in court on health grounds.
In a letter dated May 25, the former policeman had urged the court to allow further proceedings in the matter to continue pending the time he would be fit to come to the court.
But the prosecuting lawyer, Mr. Gbadebo Oshoala, opposed the application.
When the matter came up on Wednesday, Oshoala drew the courtâ€™s attention to Lawalâ€™s absence and the receipt of his letter in which he sought to be allowed to remain absent while the trial continues.
Citing Section 208 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, Oshoala urged the court to ignore the request on the grounds that in a criminal trial, it was impossible for the trial to proceed in the absence of the accused person.
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