Adamawa based lawyer, Barrister Gabriel Adikwu, has secured the release of Mr Enoch Gabiribau, who has been in prison for eight on a charge of homicide.
Barrister Adikwu and his team were invited to take up the case pro bono because the accused could not afford to pay a lawyer to defend him on the charge, which is punishable by death.
Gabiribau was arraigned before Justice Hafsat Abdulrahman of High Court 1 Yola, Adamawa state.
Barrister Adikwu disclosed that it took the prosecution eight years to call witnesses and close their case during which Gabirisibau remained in prison custody.
“At the close of the case by the prosecution, my team and l opted to make a no-case submission on the ground that the prosecution has not established a prima facie case against the defendant for which he will be called upon to enter his defence.
“This submission of ours was equally responded to by the prosecution and my Lord Honourable Justice Hafsat Abdulrahman in a well considered judgement delivered on the 30/06/2022 agreed with our submission that a prima facie case has not been made out against the defendant and accordingly discharged Mr Enoch Gabirisibau.
“Mr. Enoch Gabirisibau is a free man. Before he left, my team and l had the privilege of counselling him to be of good behaviour and to stay away from crime and criminality. We hope and pray he heeds our counsel and find a place/acceptance among his people and the society at large,” he said.
Gabiribau thanked H. A Philip Esq and H. P Marcus Esq of Gabriel Adikwu & Co. (Elo-heem Chambers) Yola, Nigeria for setting him free from incarceration and probable death on conviction.