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Masks won't be worn in Kanu's trial, court says

20 February 2016, 07:16

Abuja - A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected part of an application by the Federal Government to allow witnesses to wear masks while testifying in the trial of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

Justice James Tsoho, the presiding judge in the case, threw out part of the application on the basis that such witness protection is only provided for in trials involving terrorism charges, Punch has reported.

Despite this, Justice Tsoho did grant several other parts of the application, including a request to permit the exclusion of the names of witness from recordings of the proceedings.

Also read: Kanu opposes FG's request for secret trial

Kanu is being prosecuted on six counts of treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms and other offences bordering on agitation for the secession of the Republic of Biafra from Nigeria.

A number of protection measures have been sought for witnesses of the prosecution due to threatening messages being sent to them ordering them not to testify in the case.

The case was adjourned until March 7,8,9,10 and 11 for trial.

Read more at Punch

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