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Nyanya bomb blast: FG Asks Court to modify order

Posted: Apr 16, 2015 at 9:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Joe Nwankwo Assistant Editor, Abuja

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday fixed May 11, 2015 for hearing of an application seeking the modification of its earlier order in the case of the alleged mastermind of the April 14, bomb blast that killed over 75 persons at a motor park in Nyanya Abuja, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche and six others.

At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, the Prosecution Counsel and Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), M. S. Diri had, in an application, sought an order of the court modifying it’s ruling of 18th of March, 2014 to shield the witnesses by allowing them wear masks.

The DPP, in the motion brought pursuant to section 6 (6) of the constitution and Order 6 Rule 17 of the Federal High Court Rules 2009, order 34 of the Terrorism Prevention Act of 2013, as amended wants the court to direct the use of screens to shield prosecution witnesses

from the public view.

He also wants the Court to also allow the lead counsel to the accused persons access to view the facial identity of the prosecution witnesses as well as an order permitting prosecution witnesses to be allowed access to the courtroom through a non public route.

A two-page affidavit in honour of the application averred that the prosecution witnesses will be more comfortable if the court provides a protective shield as a measure of protecting their identity while giving evidence.

The affidavit stated that the protective screen to be provided will allay the fears of the prosecution witnesses whose facial identities will be exposed only to the court and the lead counsel to the accused persons.

It said the witnesses sought to be protected are currently engaged in field operation to counter insurgency in the North East states of the country and are expected to give direct evidence of facts in relation to the trial and that refusal to grant the application will greatly undermine the prosecution’s case.