A Lagos High Court at Igbosere will on June 21 continue the trial of six persons charged with the murder of a gubernatorial candidate in the 2007 elections, Chief Funso Williams.
Williams, the Peoples Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate for Lagos State, was killed in his Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos residence, on July 27, 2006.
The accused are Bulama Kolo, Musa Maina, David Cassidy, Tunani Sonani, Mustapha Kayode and Okponwasa Imerabo.
They are all male.
Justice Ebenezer Adebajo adjourned the trial after a brief evidence by a prosecution witness, DCP Ovie Oyokomino, in charge of Forensic Unit, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
Oyokomino, who was cross-examined by the defence counsel, Agbara Okezie, testified that the responsibility of the unit was to provide forensic evidence and not to charge suspects to court.
He made the clarification while responding to a question by Okezie as to whether he directed that the suspects be charged to court.
Prosecution counsel, O.A. Akin-Adesomojo, apologised for the absence of the other witness, Adedayo Adeoye, a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police.
Akin-Adesomojo promised that the prosecution would produce Adeoye in court on the next adjourned date.
Oyokomino had told the court on April 29 that some exhibits for the trial had been damaged due to epileptic power supply.
He said that the exhibits, brought by a pathologist during a post mortem on the deceased in 2006, included blood samples.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the accused persons were arraigned on March 1, 2013 on a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder.
According to the police, they conspired and murdered Williams on July 27, 2006 at 34A, Corporation Drive, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi.
The offences contravene Sections 316 and 324 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2003.