The prosecution in the trial of 10 persons charged with the assault and sodomy of two women and a minor at the Oba Morufu International Market, Ejigbo, Lagos, on Thursday, presented its final witness before Lagos High Court, Ikeja.
The prosecution led by Mrs. Idowu Alakija, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), informed the court that one Mrs. Shola Jimoh, a photographer will be giving evidence as the last witness for the prosecution.
The prosecution had on June 14, 2016 filed a notice of additional evidence.
“Objections were raised during the course of the trial about the photographs that were taken during the investigation which made it necessary to summon the photographer” she said.
The witness, Shola Jimoh, a photographer with 30 years’ experience told the court that she took photographs of the defendants for the police during investigations.
According to Jimoh; “I learnt the art of photography at Olanrewaju Photos in 1976, I was requested by the police in February 2015 to take photographs of the defendants at the Adeniji Adele Police Station.
“The police pointed out those I should photograph and I obliged them using a Nicon D40 camera to take the photos.”
Jimoh further narrated before the court how the photos were printed from her memory car and handed over to the police.
Under cross examination, counsel for the defence, Mr. Olukayode Ademuluyi, asked the photographer if the photographs were photo shopped or altered in any way, but Jimoh denied.
Earlier during the trial, Ademuluyi had raised an objection to Jimoh giving evidence.
“I believe that if the prosecution intends to bring a witness, they have a right to do so, however, they must follow the procedure prescribed by law.
“No affidavit and witness statement was served with the notice of additional witnesses”, he said.
However, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, had ruled that Jimoh giving evidence was valid.
“I have listened to the submission of counsel on the validity of the notice of the additional evidence of Shola Jimoh.
“Section 251 (6) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) makes adequate provision for such a scenario.
“The notice of additional evidence is hereby admissible and valid”, Justice Ipaye said.
Ten persons are standing trial for the alleged torture and sodomy of three Ejigbo women and this include the market leader, Isiaka Waidi (61), Buhari Yusuf (22), Abdullahi Haruna (20) and Saheed Adisa (29).
Others are Lateef Tijani (37), Ahmed Adisa (65), Azeez Akinosun (36), Jimoh Busari (50), Adekunle Adenuga (38) and Oloruntoyin Dauda (46), the woman leader of the market.
The defendants had allegedly tortured with pepper and sodomized Mrs. Ajoke Agomo, her daughter, Nike Salami, and her step daughter, Juliana Agomo over allegations of pepper theft.
The matter has been adjourned till July 27 and 28 for cross-examination of the witness and continuation of trial.