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.
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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
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
Ademola has adjourned hearing of the motion to June 23.
– CAJ News
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