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A Lagos High Court in Tafawa Balewa Square on Thursday adjourned further hearing in the ongoing trial involving Major Hamza Al-Mustapha and three others for their alleged involvement in the attempted murder of the publisher of The Guardian publisher, Mr. Alex Ibru and former Delta State Director of Sports, Mr. Isaac Porbeni.

Justice Mufutau Olokooba had adjourned the case, following the inability of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Felix Ogbaudu (the ninth prosecution witness) to appear in court due to illness.

Al-Mustapha, the former Chief Security Officer to the late Gen. Sani Abacha, is standing trial along with a former Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command, James Danbaba; former military administrator of Zamfara State, Jubrin Yakubu; and CSP Rabo Lawal.

When the matter came up on Thursday, lawyer to the prosecuting Lagos State Government, Mr. Ladipo Oshowala, told the court that Ogbaudu was absent on medical grounds.

The court had on June 28 summoned Ogbaudu to appear before it on July 1 to conclude his evidence.

Oshowala added that a letter from the police medical team was delivered to the prosecution on Thursday to say that the witness was sick.

He said, “The letter had requested that the case should be adjourned till July 12 to enable him to recuperate and come and conclude his evidence.”

But the lawyers to Al- Mustapha, Lawal, Danbaba and Yakubu, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, Mr. Chukwudi Nnmakwe and Mr. Chima Ikegbule, told the court to ignore the report.

The lawyers also urged the court to investigate Ogbaudu’s medical report, saying that the witness was not sick.

They further alleged that Ogbaudu appeared on television on June 30 during an official trip with the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo.

But Justice Olokooba had in his ruling, held that the medical report would not be discountenanced by the court, saying that the document would be accepted on its face value.

He said, “I do not see any need to embark on any investigation of the medical report.

“Since the witness indicated the date that will be convenient for him, then the case is adjourned till July 12 for further hearing.”

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