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Published On: Wed, Apr 11th, 2018

Absence of lead counsel stalls ex Vanguard reporter, Luka’s case

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From Femi Oyelola Kaduna

The case of the former Vanguard reporter in Kaduna Mr Luka Binniyat, has been adjourned to 24th May, 2018 because the lead counsel to the journalist, Barrister Elisha Kura (SAN) was not in court.
The case which came up before Justice Mairoa Mohammed of Kaduna High Court 3, was adjourned
When Barrister Desmond Tabakwot, who appeared for the Journalists said that the lead Counsel, Elisha Kura (SAN) had not given him enough brief on the matter, saying there was communication gap between Kura and the other members of the legal team defending Binniyat, and as such asked for adjournment.
Justice Mairo then agreed for the 24th of May 2018 for commencement of the case.
It could be recalled that Binniyat, was remanded in Prison Custody for 93 days between June and October, 2017, because he could not meet the stringent bail conditions set down for him on arraignment before Justice Bashir Sukola of Kaduna High Court 9.
Upon review of the bail terms on 8th October 2017, Justice Sukola passed to glory on the 25th of October 2017 and the case was then transferred to Justice Mohammed. His first appearance was on the 31st of January, 2018 before the present Judge.
Though Vanguard newspaper was not joined in the case, Binniyat is charged for breach of public peace and injurious falsehood punishable under Sections 114 and 393 of the penal code laws of Kaduna State.
Showing appearance for the prosecution, Barrister Ossy Ehikioya, told the court that there was an amendment to the earlier charges and sought to read the amended charge.

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