Oyediran, an employee of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions in Oyo State of Ministry of Justice, had allegedly murdered her husband, Lowo, by stabbing him with a knife on February 2, 2016, in the Akobo area of Ibadan.
A private prosecutor, Mr. Sanya Akinyele, informed an Oyo State High Court in Ibadan at Wednesday’s hearing that the case could not proceed because of the demand made by the witnesses.
Akinyele said that the two witnesses vowed not to testify until the money was paid.
The prosecutor said, “The persons – the landlord of the deceased, Mr. John Akinpelu, and his wife, Esther – are the vital witnesses in the case.”
He urged the court to summon the witnesses, saying they ought to testify before the other witnesses in the case.
Akinyele also urged the court to direct the Chief Registrar to pay N5,000 to each of the witnesses to cover their transport expenses.
Justice Munta Abimbola said it was disheartening for a witness to demand money in a case of such nature.
Abimbola ordered a witness summons to be issued on the duo, saying failure by them to comply would attract sanctions.
The judge also ordered the Chief Registrar to pay N5,000 to the two witnesses to cover their transport expenses.
The money, he said, was to be drawn from the internally generated revenue of the Oyo State High Court.
He adjourned the case till December 5, 2016, for continuation of hearing, as well as the consideration of the bail application filed by the defendant’s counsel, Mr. Abioye Ashanike.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that three witnesses were earlier called on Tuesday in the matter.