Nnamdi Kanu with security men at the Federal High Court Abuja
The Federal Government on Tuesday asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to allow the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to be done out of public glare.
Mohammed Diri, the prosecution counsel filed an application filed before the Court presided over by Justice James Tsoho asking for protection of witnesses in the case.
Diri told the court that some of the witnesses already lined up to prove the case of treasonable felony against the Kanu and his co accused are already complaining of intimidation.
However, Chuks Muoma, the lead counsel to Kanu and his two co accused opposed the application.
He urged the court to dismiss the application by the prosecution seeking protection of the witnesses due to the nature of the case and that the defendants be trial secretly.
The defence counsel told the court that the defendants are not facing terrorism charges and therefore the question of facing secret trial should not arise.
On his part, the defence counsel also asked the court to order the Department of State Services (DSS) to release the money seized from Kanu when he was arrested as well as his Nigerian and British passports.
“We are told that investigation has been completed in this matter and certain items belonging to the defendants have been indicated as materials which the prosecution will use in the course of trial,” he said.
“Therefore we are requesting that some items be released. We apply to the court to direct that the following items or property not needed for the conduct of the prosecution’s case be released. They are: $2, 200; N87, 000, and international passports –British and Nigerian – all belonging to the first defendant.”
He added that since bail has been …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper