The absence of the prosecution witness, Miss Ayibapreye Lawson has stalled the hearing of the case of conspiracy and cyberstalking between the Inspector General of Police vs Godwin Beauty, Blacky Okies and Gbaka Favour who were sued as first, second and third Defendants respectively in the suit marked as suit no: FHC/YNG/8C/2022 pending before his Lordship, Hon. Justice I. H. Ndahen of Federal High Court 1, sitting in yenagoa on Wednesday, the 8th day of June 2022.

When the matter was mentioned by the court clerk, the prosecuting counsel, Monday Benabo Yellow, did apologise for the absence of the nominal complainant who was sworn in at the last adjourned date as PW1 and inform the court that PW1 is unable to attend the hearing of the case because she was receiving treatment after falling ill.

The judge directed parties and their lawyers to agree on date and the matter was adjourned to the 19th day of July 2022 for continuation of hearing.

Speaking after the adjournment, counsel to the third Defendant, Ebikebuna Augustine Aluzu, said the adjournment was made at the behest of the prosecuting counsel and it was necessary in the interest of justice. “It is a very short adjustment considering the workload of the court.

“It prosecuting counsel who ipse dixit informed the court that PW1 is receiving treatment.


“Although he did not disclose the nature of the sickness nor did he disclose the facility in which the witness is being treated, we believe the adjournment is in the interest of justice.”

The Defendants who took their plea on the 8th day of March 2022 pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted bail in the sum of two million naira (₦2,000,000).

The Defendants are standing trial for alleged conspiracy and cyberstalking one Ayibapreye Lawson, a student of Igbenidion University, Okaka, in Edo State.

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