Plan by DSS to mask witnesses in court, case adjourned to December 5th, rejected by Sowore

The Abuja Federal High Court adjourns the case of treasonable felony and other offences levelled against Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare to December 5 and 6 for trial.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu after listening to the submission by prosecution and defence counsel, has asked the prosecution counsel, Hassan Liman, to give Sowore's lawyer all statement of witnesses and other documents relied on by the prosecution to enable the defendants prepare for defence.

Femi Falana had earlier objected to this plan by the Department of State Services to mask the prosecution witnesses in the course of the trial. He expressed worry over the action of the prosecution that had secretly arranged with the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court to set up a protective screen for the witnesses.

He also shared with the court that he was not given the statement of prosecution witnesses and video recording relied on by the prosecution. He added that they were entitled to those evidences in line with Administration of Criminal Justice Act. therefore, Justice Ojukwu, summoned the DCR over the allegations levelled against the prosecution by the defence lawyer.

Justice Ojukwu, in her ruling said that the court had adjourned the matter for trial to hold today without any form of protection for witnesses. Stating clearly that there was no application made before the court for witness protection, Ojukwu called on the prosecution to call the first witness for trial.

Therefore the judge has asked Liman to do the necessary and serve the defendant before the adjourned date.

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