Politics Court refuses FG’s application to reverse ruling in Boko Haram suspects’ trial



An Abuja Federal High Court on Wednesday refused an application by the Federal Government seeking to modify the court’s ruling on conducting the trial of three Boko Haram suspects.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the accused, Mohammed Yunus, Salami Abdullahi and Musa Umar, are arraigned on an eight-count charge bordering on terrorism.

Delivering ruling, Justice Gabriel Kolawole held that the court had no powers to shield witnesses completely from the public and court staff.

He also said that the prosecution counsel’s application lacked merit and he, therefore, refused it.

``This court does not have the powers to vacate its earlier ruling. Acceding to such would amount to having empty benches in the court room without the public in attendance.

``The prosecution’s motion on notice, dated May 2, is hereby refused for lacking in merit,’’ he said.

He ordered that the accused be remanded in Kuje Prison and be produced on the adjourned date for trial.

Justice Kolawole adjourned the case until June 9, 10, 24 and 25, for accelerated trial of the accused.


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