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Nnamdi Kanu: Justice James Tsoho of an Abuja Federal High makes a U turn

Rules in favour of Prosecutor's Request to Shield witnesses
By The Nigerian Voice

Justice James Tsoho of an Abuja Federal High Court has upheld the submisstion of the Director of Public Prosecution,(DPP) Mohammed Diri and ordered the use of screens to shield witnesses who will testify aagainst Indigeneous People Of Biafra (IPOB)Nnamdi Kanu in the trial.

The judge also ordered the use non-public routes and rest rooms by the witnesses.

The case has been adjourned to March 9 for hearing.

Prosecution witnesses had ealier refused to appear before the Court to testify against Kanu.

Diri told the court that the witnesses, comprising operatives of DSS and civilians, would not appear in court unless the court makes an order shielding them from the public.

Justice James Tsoho had on February 19 ruled against masking of the witnesses or barring members of the public from the trial.

But Diri said the witnesses, however, objected to the submission contending that the prosecution are delaying the trial.

A mild drama unfolded when one of the defence counsels Ifeanyi Ejiofor alleged that the a DSS operatives threatened to kill him at the court premises when he went to plead for Kanu's family members to be allowed entry into the court. The DSS alleged plots to hijack Kanu out of the court.

The judge has stood down the case till 12 noon for further hearing.