An Abuja Federal High Court on Monday granted the Federal Government’srequest to prosecute in ‘secret’ Kabiru Sokoto, an alleged Boko Haram leader suspected of masterminding the December 25, 2011 bombing of St. Theresa’sCatholic Church in Madalla, Niger State.
The Federal Government had in an application dated April 24, 2013, askedthe court to exclude persons other than the parties, their legal representatives and members of the press from witnessing the trial.
As a result of the development, only the accused person, his lawyers, prosecution counsel, and accredited journalists, would be allowed into the courtroom during the proceedings.
Also, the names and addresses of prosecution witnesses would not be disclosed in the course of the proceedings.
The presiding judge, Justice Ademola Adeniyi, gave the order while ruling on the application moved by the prosecuting counsel, Mrs. Chioma Onuegbu.
The prosecution had argued that the application was prompted by the need to protect the witnesses.
The defence counsel, Mr. Adamu Ibrahim, did not oppose the application.
Apart from the charge that he had prior knowledge of the St. Theresa’sCatholic Church bombing, Sokoto was also accused of planning to bomb the headquarters of the police force in Sokoto State as well as other government organisations in the state.
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