An Ikeja High Court, Lagos yesterday ordered a couple, Fortune and Stephen Nwankwo to answer to the case of murder charge against them by the Lagos State government over the death of their housemaid, Ms Joy Adole. Justice Oyindamola Ogala told the Nwankwos to open their defence while giving a ruling on the no-case submission they had filed before the court after the prosecution closed its case against them. “This court has carefully considered the position of the law and believes that the prosecution has established that there is a ground for further proceedings. “The no-case submission cannot hold. Therefore, the defendants are now called to give evidence,” she said.
Addressing the court during proceedings held on October 11, lawyer to the Nwankwos, Prof. Paul Ananaba (SAN) had told the court that the Directorate of Public Prosecution has been unable to establish a case of murder against the couple. Ananaba accused the state of presenting hearsay evidence in their case against the couple and had urged the court to uphold the no-case submission. The prosecutor, Mr Yusuf Sule in his response, raised questions over the circumstances surrounding the death of Adole in the home of her employers. Sule in his submission had said that the circumstantial evidence presented to the court by the prosecution will prove that the defendants killed the deceased.