The trial of the suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, scheduled to resume before the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on Monday did not hold as the trial judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, did not sit.
It was learnt that the judge went on an official assignment with the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke.
The case was, therefore, adjourned till June 16, 2018.
The Attorney General of Lagos State, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, had vowed last week that the state would pursue the charges against Evans and his co-accused persons to a logical conclusion.
But Evans’ lawyer, Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje, had in a statement on Sunday accused the attorney general of pre-judging the cases.
He also stated that he had already written to the Chief Judge seeking the transfer of the cases before Justice Taiwo, citing lack of confidence.
In one of the two charges before Justice Taiwo, the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions accused Evans and three others of killing two persons in their failed attempt to kidnap the Chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors, Obianodo Vincent.
The state listed those murdered in the botched kidnap operation as Peter Nweke and Chijioke Ngozi.
The operation was said to have been carried out by the defendants around 11pm on August 27, 2013 in Third Avenue, Festac Town, Lagos.
Those charged along with Evans are Joseph Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze and Udeme Ukpong.
The seven charges against them border on attempted murder, murder, kidnapping and illegal firearms deal.
The Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions, Ms. Titilayo Shitta-Bey, said the defendants acted contrary to Sections 221, 228(1), 404(1) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
They were also said to have violated Section 9(2) of the Firearms Act, Cap F28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and liable to be punished under Section 27(b)(iii) of the same law.
In the second charge, Evans, one Victor Aduba and four others still at large were accused of conspiring among themselves to kidnap one Sylvanus Hafia at about 5.30pm on June 23, 2014 at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.
The prosecution alleged that they captured and detained Hafia and demanded a $2m ransom from his family.