Friday, 7 April 2017

Court rules on Kanu’s objection to secret trial April 25

Trial Justice Binta Nyako of the
Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, fixed
April 25 to rule on a motion by detained leader
of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr.
Nnamdi Kanu, asking her to vary the order that
gave the Federal Government the nod to shield
the identities of witnesses billed to testify
against him.

Kanu, who is facing trial alongside three other
pro-Biafra agitators, Chidiebere Onwudiwe,
Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, is
challenging the order which he said was
contrary to the tenets of justice and fair-
hearing.

The trial judge had in a ruling she delivered on
December 13, 2016, not only okayed the
witnesses to testify behind a screen,but also
granted an order permitting them to use
pseudo names.

Though the court agreed to mask the
witnesses from the public, it held that the
defendants and their lawyers would be allowed
to see the witnesses.

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