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Government seeks witness' protection in Dasuki trial

08 June 2016, 18:35

Abuja - The Federal Government has re-applied to the federal high court in Abuja for protection of witnesses set to testify against the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Dasuki is facing criminal charges of unlawful possession of firearm harms and money laundering.

On Wednesday, the government prayed the court for an order to shield the identities of the witnesses and that the record of proceedings not to be made accessible to the public.

Oladipo Opeseyi (SAN), the applicant also applied for an order to permit the witnesses to be addressed with pseudo-names in the cause of the trial of the former security advisor.

Also read: FG explains Dasuki's continued detention

Justice Adeniyi Ademola had in February dismissed similar motion on protection of witnesses brought to the court by the Federal Government on the ground that the motion was baseless and unwarranted.

The judge said that the same government could not ask for protection of witnesses having filed the charges and proof of evidence along with the names of the witnesses and put the same at the public domain for public consumption.

In the fresh motion, government argued Dasuki as a former NSA, a retired senior military officer and a crown prince of Sokoto Caliphate, commanded large followership throughout Nigeria who might be aggrieved by the trial.

Ademola has adjourned hearing of the motion to June 23.

– CAJ News

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