The Oyo State High Court has scheduled November 9, for the murder trial of the Ibadan-based female lawyer, Yewande Oyediran who allegedly killed her husband in Ibadan.
The accused, who is a member of staff of the Ministry of Justice in the state, was alleged to have stabbed her 38-year-old husband, Oyelowo Oyediran, to death on February 2 over claims he fathered a child out of wedlock.
Yewande has since been remanded at the Agodi, Prison in Oyo pending the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution in the state, although, she had stated that she had no hand in the death of her husband. The hearing which was earlier slated for October 24 was rescheduled following the absence of the presiding judge, Justice Munta Abimbola who is the Chief Judge of Oyo State. However, the case has been scheduled for hearing at the High Court 1, High Court of Justice, Ring Road, Ibadan, the state capital.
The matter that had witnessed series of adjournments was supposed to come up for hearing on Monday. No official reason was given by the court officials for the presiding judge’s absence. Both parties to the dispute however, unanimously picked November 9 for the continuation of the case in Court 1 of the State High Court.
Members of the family of the deceased wore long faces as the court clerk announced that the judge who doubles as the state chief judge was unavoidably absence in court. The judge was said to be out of town. The announcement was witnessed by a thunderous murmuring across the length and breadth of the court room.
A group of human rights activists under the aegis of Women Arise For Change Initiative led by Dr Joe Odumakin vowed to continue to monitor the case until justice was obtained by the family of the slain UK based businessman. The national coordinator of the group Comrade Adewunmi Olowoniyi in a chat with World Street Journal noted that no amount of adjournment would deter his group from monitoring the case to its logical conclusion. Olowoniyi who was in court with some members of the group decked in ‘Justice 4 Lowo’ T-shirts said the group would continue to attend the court proceedings until the final judgment was delivered.
Olowoniyi noted with dismay the recent developments in the nation’s judiciary where judges were being picked up by the men of the State Security Service SSS for corruption. He said judges were to be revered by all and sundry in the society as they occupied an exalted position in the country. He however, lamented that the arrest of some judges seems to have demystified judges from the hitherto super human status. ‘’What we did not know were happening in our judicial system, we know are happening’’, he said adding that justice should not be for the highest bidder. According to him, no stone would be left unturned to ensure that justice was obtained by the family of Lowo.