A Lagos High Court in Igbosere on Wednesday ordered counsel in the murder case of Cynthia Osokogu to file their written addresses on June 17 or face substantial cost.
Osokogu, a student of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, was allegedly murdered on July 22, 2012 at Cosmilla Hotel, Lakeview Estate, Festac Town, Lagos, by her Facebook friends.
Justice Olabisi Akinlade gave the order after counsel to the four accused told the court that they were not able to file their written addresses as ordered by the court at the last adjourned date.
Akinlade said the case had suffered delay because of the tactics of the defence counsel.
She said the people who were waiting to hear the outcome of the case might think that it was the court’s fault.
“People always think that it is the court that is delaying the case not knowing that it is the accused’s counsel.
“At the last adjourned date I gave the defence 14 days to file written addresses and the prosecution three weeks to respond to all the addresses.
“The first and second accused have been in prison since 2012 and are still presumed innocent until proven guilty,” she said.
Akinlade said she had given the specific order to file written addresses to avoid continued waste of the court’s time.
She adjourned the case to Oct. 27 for adoption of written addresses.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Osokogu’s trial which was slated for adoption of written addresses on Wednesday, had suffered several setbacks.
The accused in the matter are Okwumo Nwabufo, 33; Olisaeloka Ezike, 23; Orji Osita, 33; and Ezike Nonso, 25.
They are facing a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy, murder, stealing, reckless negligence and possession of stolen goods.
The prosecutor, Mr Jide Martins, had told the court that 25-year-old Osokogu, who was resident in Abuja, was lured to Lagos where she was killed.
He said the offences committed contravened Sections 221, 249, 285 and 327 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.