Absence Of Counsel Stalls Trial Of Bankole’s Brother

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The absence of Barrister Adedotun Akinmade, counsel to former House of Representative’s speaker Dimeji Bankole, Toyin Bankole, the brother to has stalled his trial over alleged visa scam before an Abeokuta Chief Magistrate’s court.

At the resumed hearing of the case this morning, a letter written by Akinmade stating his inability to attend the court was read before it.

In the letter, the counsel said he was ill. He assured that he would be in court at the next adjourned date.

He prayed for a short date expressing the hope that his health would improve before then.

The police prosecutor, Paul Etusi did not oppose the counsel’s application.

Etusi had earlier called eight witnesses who were present in the court to proceed with the case.

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He said he was ready to open prosecution in the case.

Toyin Bankole, and Segun Baruwa have been appearing before the court since January 2009 over allegation of fraud.

On 16 January, 2009, the police prosecutor in a charge said the two accused persons committed fraud when they collected an unspecified amount of money from Mrs. Modina Odunlami under the pretence that they would assist their victim and her daughter to secure visa and admission into a school overseas.

In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Peters Kolawole granted the accused persons’ counsel’s application and adjourned the case till 2 August 2011.

—Biodun Onafuye/Abeokuta