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Nigerian FG Seeks Secret Trial For Boko Haram Sponsor Senator Ndume

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Nigerian FG Seeks Secret Trial For Boko Haram Sponsor Senator Ndume

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Oct 21, 2014 – Nigerian FG Seeks Secret Trial For Boko Haram Sponsor Senator Ndume

The Federal Government on Tuesday requested that the trial of Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume should henceforth be conducted in secret to preclude members of the public from witnessing proceedings.

The request by the government is coming midway into the trial, which began last year.

Ndume, a serving Senator from Borno State, is facing terrorism related charges before the Federal High Court, in Abuja.

He was arraigned before Justice Kolawole on December 12, 2013 on a four-count charge by the Department of State Services (DSS).

He was accused of sponsoring the Boko Haram sect, and failing to provide information about the sect’s operations.

On Tuesday, the prosecution lawyer, E.A. Orji, while moving a motion dated September 23, 2014 urged the court to protect the identity of the remaining witnesses scheduled to give evidence in the case.

He said the intended secret trial was intended as a protective measure for witnesses in the case, whose security could be endangered if their identities were not shielded.

“We urge the court to exclude members of the public from the trial. We also want the court to protect the identities of the remaining witnesses that will give evidence in this case.

“The fundamental rights of the accused have not been violated because his counsel is represented and has not in any way been excluded from the matter. It is in the interest of national security and public safety that the motion should be granted,” Orji said.

Lawyer to the accused, I. Amaza argued that the prosecution’s request would violate his client’s right to fair hearing. He urged the court to refuse the request and continue with the trial.

After listening to both lawyers, Justice Kolawole adjourned to October 24 for ruling.

[Reported By Eric Ikhilae, The Nation]

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. sadiya

    October 21, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    fg and boko haram is one why wont they seeks secrecy to favour him

  2. Jilo

    October 21, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    This is one of the strategies mapped out by PDP ( People Deceiving People) to show Nigerians that they mean to go ahead and prosecute this senator without shoes. The case of Ndume has long been overdue. How come that you want to arraign this guy now when election is fast approaching. If you can not bring Modu-Sheriff to justice I doubt it if you will ever prosecute this mallam. The fear of Northern Oligarchs is the beginning of wisdom for GEJ. Jonathan needs their vote to continue staying in Aso Rock.

  3. mulikat

    October 22, 2014 at 5:45 AM

    Secret Trial for Harm Sponsor Senator of Boko Harm,only in naija,if in Ghana this man will never call Senator again ,since in prison.GEJ is worse President naija ever have just to wine vote and continue in Abuja with is wife Mrs English,he will cover Boko Harms under carpet,Innocent blood will hunt u all in Abuja,and hellfire awaiting pen thieft and killers in what ever ways.naijagists we have freedom of spech stop delete my writting .

  4. Adeniyi

    October 22, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    This man is playing real game with Nigeria..Manipulating here nd there jst to get vote nd favour from Nigerian…Nigerian should ingore his trick

  5. Adeniyi

    October 22, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    GEJ has nothing to offer naija…He s playing games and tricks

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