A date has been fixed for the trial of Nigerian senator, Elisha Abbo, who allegedly assaulted a nursing mother in Abuja.
A Zuba Chief Magistrates’ Court Abuja, presided over by Abdullahi Ilelah, fixed August 20 for the commencement of trial in the matter on Monday.
Abbo is being prosecuted for an offence bordering on criminal force and assault, which is contrary to section 263 and 264 of the penal code.
When the matter came up on Monday, Jame Idachaba, who is the counsel to the Nigerian Police, told the magistrate that Abbo was arraigned on July 8, based on preliminary investigation.
He asked the court to grant him an adjournment to complete investigation in the matter and to enable him to serve the defendant counsel all the materials he intends to rely on.
He cited Sections 350 (2) of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act 2015 adding that it is mandatory for the prosecution to serve the defendant counsel with all the proof of evidence before a trial commence.
He prayed the court to grant him date to open his case against the defendant and to enable him to comply with the order 350(2) of ACJA 2015.
Counsel to Abbo, Adegbite Adeniyi, did not oppose the oral application made by the prosecution counsel.
Subsequently, the Magistrate ordered the prosecution lawyer to supply the defendant’s lawyer with all the materials he intends to rely on to defend his client.
He then adjourned the case until August 20 for hearing.
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