The trial of the alleged killer of Khadijat Oluboyo, daughter of the former Ondo State deputy governor, Saidu – Shakiru Adeyemi, began on Monday before Justice Samuel Bola of the Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure.
However, the trial could not continue as the defendant did not have any legal representation which made the judge to adjourn the hearing till October 2, 2018.
Justice Bola of Court 4 of the state’s high court instructed prison officials to liaise with the defendant’s family towards providing a lawyer in subsequent trials.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that lawyers in the state were not interested in the case. Some of them who preferred anonymity, revealed that they were trying to avoid backlash from the public due to the magnitude of the crime which has generated sympathetic outcry across the state.
The prosecution team led by the state’s Attorney-General, Adekola Olawoye, stated that they had expected that the case would commence after the necessary court papers had been served, but the case could not be heard as a result of non-availability of lawyer for the defendant.
“By law, in a capital offence of this nature, a defendant must be represented by a counsel. That is his constitutional right to fair hearing.
“After serving all the processes on him personally, we discovered that
he hasn’t got a legal representation. It is a must before the next adjournment date, he must look for a lawyer of his choice as provided in law.
“When we come back next time, if he doesn’t after two adjournment then the court is enjoined to pick a lawyer for him.
“We want to know what led to the death of the deceased, how did it come about and we want the defendant to explain to the whole world the part, if any, he took in the death of the lady.”
The decomposed body of the 25-year-old daughter of the former Ondo State deputy’s governor, Khadijat Oluboyo, was found in the room of his 27-year-old boyfriend, Saidu – Shakiru Adeyemi on July 2 in Akure.