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A Federal Excessive Courtroom sitting in Abuja has adjourned the trial of the Convener of #RevolutionNow motion, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu adjourned the trial till April 1 and a pair of in a ruling on Wednesday following the objection raised by the counsel to the defendants, Femi Falana.
Falana had challenged the testimony of the primary witness offered by the prosecution, for giving proof exterior his written assertion.
However the prosecutor, Kayode Halilu, insisted that he served a abstract of the witness assertion on the defendants’ counsel and the witness.
The witness is one Rasheed Olawale, a Principal Workers Officer of the Division of State Providers (DSS) in command of Surveillance and Communication Intelligence on the Lagos State Command.
After listening to each counsels, the trial decide dominated that the witness can’t be allowed to depose to a four-paragraph assertion and provides a 10-page of proof.
She subsequently adjourned the trial to allow the prosecutor to breed the witness’ assertion.
Sowore and Bakare are going through trial over treason and cash laundering prices filed towards them by the Federal Authorities.
They’ve, nevertheless, pleaded not responsible and have since been granted bail by the courtroom.
The federal government had filed a movement on discover praying the courtroom to grant an order excluding individuals aside from attorneys and accredited members of the press from witnessing the proceedings.
It additionally sought an order to clear the courtroom every time the prosecution witnesses had been testifying, such that solely the trial decide, events and authorized representatives, in addition to accredited members of the press, would be capable of see them.
The prosecution additionally requested for an order that the actual names and addresses of the prosecution witnesses within the proceedings shouldn’t be disclosed.
Shortly earlier than Sowore and Bakare’s trial started on Wednesday, Justice Ojukwu adjourned ruling on an software by the prosecution looking for to have witnesses shielded within the trial of the defendants.
This adopted the request of Halilu who knowledgeable the courtroom that the defence crew served him a counter-affidavit and he wanted time to answer to it.