The Nigerian government has insisted that witnesses billed to testify against former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, must be protected and not made to testify openly in court.
Mr. Dasuki is facing trial for alleged unlawful possession of fire arms.
A prosecution lawyer, Dipo Okpeseyi, told the judge, Ademola Adeniyi, on Thursday that the witnesses may be in risk of danger from Mr. Dasuki’s loyalists, currently serving in the military.
Mr. Okpeseyi argued that the defendant was a well-known man in all spheres of Nigeria’s military and that allowing the witnesses to testify in open court could result in grave danger to them.
He alleged that sophisticated firearms were discovered from the defendant, saying the weapons prove that Mr. Dasuki was constituting a threat to national security.
Reacting to the argument by Mr. Okpeseyi, Mr. Dasuki’s lawyer, Joseph Daudu, prayed the court to dismiss the application, as there was no basis for the allegations.
The case was adjourned to September 13 to 15 for ruling.
The prosecution has since the beginning of Mr. Dasuki’s trial presented three applications before the same court, demanding the protection of its witnesses.
All have been rejected by the court.
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