The Director of Public Prosecution, DPP Lagos State, Titilayo
Shitta-Bey told Justice Hakeem Oshodi that the amendment relates only to
the punishment section for the second charge.
The DPP also submitted that there is no material change in the nature
of the offence which still remains conspiracy and the kidnap of one
Dunu Donatus, Channels Television reports.
She urged the court to allow the defendants take fresh pleas to the amended two count charges.
Counsel to Evans, Olukoya Ogungbeje has opposed the move for fresh pleas.
He told the judge that he had only just been served in court this
morning with the amended charge and he needed time to confer with his
He then asked the court to grant him a short adjournment so he could get a proper brief from his clients on how to proceed.
The other defence counsel except for the counsel for the 4th
defendant aligned with his submission. The 4th defence counsel, Mr
Olanrewaju Ajanaku told the court that he was ready to proceed as there
was no material change in the charges.
After listening to all the lawyers, Justice Oshodi declined to grant
an adjournment but instead opted to stand down the case for 45mins to
enable the lawyers to confer with their clients.
The court has adjourned till 11.45am.
Source: PM News