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Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial: Court allows Witnesses’ Identities to be Protected

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The Federal High Court on Tuesday in Abuja approved Federal Government’s request to protect the identities of prosecution witnesses in the trial of detained Pro-Biafran leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is being tried alongside Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.

Giving ruling in the motion filed by Mohammed Labaran, counsel to government, Justice Binta Nyako held that the application was meritorious.

She said the prayer to shield the names and addresses of the prosecution witnesses who were largely security operatives was not a bad idea, adding that the law supported it.

“It is therefore the court’s order that the names and addresses of the prosecution witnesses shall only remain with the court.

The prosecution witnesses who should appear in combination of alphabets will be given screens, which will be provided by the court.

The defendants and their counsel will however be able to see the witnesses before they testify,’’ Nyako held.

She further said: “let the public not misconstrue the stance of the court as a grant for a secret trial.

“The court shall be open for public, including accredited journalists and families of the defendants,” she added.

Recall that the applicant had applied for all the witnesses to be allowed to testify behind screen.

The prosecution also prayed that the identities of the witnesses should not to be revealed in any record of the proceedings.

The defendants had vehemently opposed the application, contending that granting such request would amount to gross violation of their rights to fair hearing.

The defendants were alleged to have conspired to broadcast on Radio Biafra, which is monitored in Enugu and its environs, on cessation plans.

They were alleged to have committed treasonable felony, an offence punishable under Section 41(C) of the Criminal Code Act, CAP C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, among others.

Meanwhile, the judge had adjourned trial until January 10, 2017.

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14 Comments

  1. Amaka

    December 13, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    God have mercy.

  2. nnenne

    December 13, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Buhari’s sister is the judge. Now everything is shrouded in secrecy.
    Buhari should simply send Kanu to jail!
    Unfortunately, we can’t just wish ideologins away like that.
    He should look into allegations of marginalization and come up with ideas to change them.
    Nigeria belongs to all of us.
    Jailing or killing Nnamdi will not solve the problem.
    We are in Gambia making peace but peace eludes us. How ironical!

    • Mama

      December 14, 2016 at 12:03 am

      What are you on about? And what type of peace was Mr. Nnamdi Kanu preaching?

    • Damilola

      December 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      Kanu incited violence on his biafra radio show. His show was bunch of nonsense always preaching about killing Yorubas and Hausas. He committed treason. It’s baffling how igbos refuse to see what they do wrong but want others to cry me a river for them. Be accountable and responsible first starting from Biafra war. It was a foreseen disaster, inevitable failed agenda due to lack of insight, innovation, strategy and clear vision from Mr ojukwu and Biafra leaders. It’s senseless to fight the government, the other two major tribes but expect help from them at the same time. You start fire, be ready to get fire back.

      If Biafra people want to carry on this ideology, get more perceptive leaders who will fight the cause till the end not fail his people then make the coward move by playing blame game and definitely not delegating from abroad. So to just blame Yorubas for all your shortcomings won’t solve anything. It’s actually pathetic. Kanu is nothing but a coward. This guy has a platform where he can use it as a way to unify his people, strengthen Igbo communities/resources, build on better strategies, clear vision not fight aimlessly. Go through the route of a referendum let’s see the number of Biafrans who want to separate not some ignorant jobless people. Maybe demand reparations. Then you guys can start by leaving the West, North and go back to Igbo lands to build the East. Y’all always threaten Yorubas by saying we can’t survive without Igbos, show us and let’s see it. If Yorubas can’t we will beg you guys to come back lol
      I’m sure Kanu carries a Nigerian passport, still identifies as a Nigerian abroad, instigating some violent protests in Igboland burning down shops, few people died during the protest, while he’s stationed abroad.

      And if you guys decide to stay, fight for equality to be more represented in government, military and power. Don’t go fighting lost battle.

    • Anon

      December 14, 2016 at 11:58 pm

      Umm that’s not how treason works. Yeah, inciting to violence and hate crimes would get him some jail time but that’s about it. Which is why the government is being so stubborn and holding him.

      Also, concerning Biafra… it’s a lot of things to relate with Biafra. The love or feeling of being a part of a collective Igbo group, and it may not necessarily involve not wanting to be Nigerian. Being an extremist like Nnamdi Kanu is one thing, relating with Igbo culture more than a collective Nigerian culture is another. For some people, it’s the love or aspiration to be part of a cosmopolitan Lagos (probably fake) elitism, for some people it’s the love of the “streets”, being a Nigerian Christian or Muslim, maybe even being a Nigerian feminist, a Nigerian member of the lgbtq and so on. Nnamdi Kanu is an extremist and aggressive man, but that has nothing to do with those who want a Biafran state or relate more to it

  3. nnenne

    December 14, 2016 at 12:00 am

    **** wish ideologies ***

  4. BijouxthisBijouxthat

    December 14, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Sorry but what is the crime of this guy actually? Is it a matter of witch hunting or he really did something wrong?
    Isn’t he standing for a particular ethnic group? Where are they?
    #askingforafriend #igenuinlywanttoknow

  5. Vivimarket

    December 14, 2016 at 5:56 am

    I don’t see a crime here…..but there is a ton of civil service country men who are sucking the life out of Nigeria. Maybe we should spend our energy finding & put those ppl to trial,

  6. Billionaire in grace

    December 14, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Me too i want to understand the whole story. Please can someone tell us what this guy has done to be jailed.

  7. ?????

    December 14, 2016 at 9:44 am

    He stole my crayfish

  8. Bowl

    December 14, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    @Damilola, His sins are graver than that of Buhari.Lets stop deceiving ourselves with ideologies we don’t even believe in !

  9. nnenne

    December 14, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    You mean Buhari who over threw a democratic government; threw the deputy president in jail and did nothing to the President?

  10. kkay

    December 19, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Buhari knows he has no case against Nnamdi Kanu. If it’s about making inciting statements, A Northern politician once threatened to make Nigeria ungovernable if GEJ became president in 2011. Why is he not also being prosecuted like Nnamdi Kanu for treasonable felony?

    The problems with Nigeria and most Nigerians are tribal and religious bigotry and myopic mentality. Our education is mostly limited to classroom theories. This is why we belief every lie and propaganda spewed forth politicians through the agency of compromised media.

    I do not believe any tribe should be muzzled for voicing their right to self-determination or secession. It is their RIGHT! However, this RIGHT must be expressed appropriately without resulting to anarchy and or violence.
    I do not also believe that secession of any tribe or
    Biafra would make them vulnerable economically or otherwise due to absence of oil wealth or being geographically land-locked.
    In 56 years, Nigeria with all the aforementioned resources has faired poorly solely because of bad leadership. The power sector which drives a nation’s economy has remained an unending conundrum.
    Why are the Nigerian Government and people of other tribes antagonistic towards an independent Biafran State? Meet and find common grounds to let them peacefully go.

    • kkay

      December 19, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      ‘This is why we *believe* not belief

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