Court orders ‘trial within trial’ in Boko Haram case

Jos high court

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday ordered a trial-within-trial to determine whether statements from suspects were obtained voluntarily.

Mr. Kolawole said the trial within trial was necessary to establish the fact of the purported statement of the accused persons tendered in court by the prosecuting counsel, N.B Jones-Nebo.

He adjourned the matter till October 25 for trial within trial.

Three defendants Salami Abudullahi, Musa Umar and Nazeef Yunus, a lecturer with Kogi University are being tried on an eight-count charge bordering on terrorism.

The defendants are accused of belonging to the Boko Haram sect, an allegation they deny.

At the resumed trial, Mr. Nebo-Jones sought to tender the statement of Messrs. Abdullahi and Umar, but he was opposed by the defendants’ counsel.

Counsel to the defendants James Ocholi and Abdul Mohammed had argued that the statement was obtained from their clients through “oppression”.



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