Lawyers of some fifteen persons standing trial for the murder of the Late Ya-Na Yakubu Andani, say they will file an application of no case when the prosecution finally closes its case.
In an interview with Citi News, Mr. Atta Akyea disclosed that Counsels for the accused persons had planned to file the application on Monday November 22, but could not do so because the prosecution at the last minute had notified the Court that it had one more witness to call.
This was after they had announced a closure of their case.
“We had wanted to but unfortunately for us it has been overtaken by events. The Attorney General’s Office wants to bring in yet another witness after it had announced to the Court that it had closed its case.
This is where we are and until the case is closed, we cannot make a submission of no case so we will just go back to the Court and look at the application to adduce fresh evidence because we don’t know what is in the new evidence except to say that they say it is a confession statement by someone who claims to be responsible for the murder of Ya-Na so we are waiting to see that kind of evidence and make up our mind” he said.
Notwithstanding the turn of events, Mr. Atta Akyea is of the conviction that there was no conspiracy to kill the Ya-Na.
“From our perspective, when you put all the evidence together there is nothing which suggests remotely that they conspired to killed the Ya-Na so because of the poverty of the evidence we do not even think the Judge should give them the opportunity to come and open their defense” he noted.
Fourteen persons are on trial for their alleged involvement in the assassination of Ya-Na Andani and 30 others in March 2002.
They have all pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to murder and murder. The accused persons are; Mohammed Habib Tijani, Former Yendi District Chief Executive (DCE); Iddrisu Iddi, 76; Alhaji Baba Iddrisu Abdulai, 54; Kwame Alhassan, 53; and Mohammadu Abdulai, 57.
The others are Saibu Mohammed, 34; Alhassan Mohammed Briamah, 40; Alhassan Ibrahim; Mohammed Mustapha and Sani Moro. The rest are Yakubu Usifu; Ahmed Abukari; Abdul Razak Usifu, Alhassan Braimah, and one Zakaria Yakubu aka Zakaria Forest, who is at large.