Nigeria seeks secret trial for Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu

The Nigerian government has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to conduct a secret trial to cross-examine witnesses in the ongoing case of alleged treasonable felony and other charges against leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

Mr. Kanu and two others, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, are facing charges of alleged treason, maintaining unlawful society, possession of firearms, among others.

Counsel to the federal government, who is also the Director of Prosecution in the office of the Attorney General, Mohammed Diri, asked the court at the opening of session to permit the conduct of secret trial for the protection of witnesses.

But counsel to the first defendant, Chuks Muoma, opposed the application for secret trial, saying military personnel were already providing adequate security during the trial.

He however prayed the court to order the return of $2,200; N87,000 and two international passports collected from Mr. Kanu upon his arrest.

Mr. Muoma said the prosecution, despite collecting the said amount and items, had deliberately avoided stating anything regarding them in its affidavit.

He prayed the court to order the return of the item, stressing that the allegations against his client were yet to be proven in court.

Mr. Diri however objected, stating that the defendants had the right, as stipulated in Section 10 (7) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, to ask for their items, from the prosecution.

In his response, Mr. Mouma said it is only the court that can grant the relief sought by his client.

The trial judge, Justice John Tsoho, ruled that the submission of the prosecution counsel that the application for release of his client’s items should be made to the office of the AGF was wrong.

Mr. Tsoho noted that since the defendants had been brought before the court of law, the manner of making the application for retrieval of items was duly made.

He however ruled that since evidences were yet to be tendered before the court on the matter, it would be improper to assume that the items were not important to the prosecution.

“I hold a humble view that just as the prosecution is not to be confined to the number of witnesses it can bring before a court, its number of evidences cannot also be limited,” said Mr. Tsoho.

The matter was adjourned to February 19 for ruling on the application for secret trial.


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    Shame ! These people think we are in North-Korea , Kanu’s lawyers should boycott any trial not done in the open. Nigeria will not be sent back to the era of draconian dictatorship and kangaroo courts which Buhari operated in 1983 as dictator.

    • Otile

      What are these corrupt people trying to hide from the public? Open trial is haram my foot.

      • Nigeriamovingforward

        Dumbo, why are you responding to your own comment?

        • Julius

          hahahahahahaha ! Gbam !!

        • Otile

          You know, I have no time for some of you oduafraudian lunatics. In the first place, most of you don’t make any sense at all. A case in point, read your comment again: “Dumbo, why are you responding to your own comment?” Are you this daft? The person Oduafraudians call dumbo is the ex-president and there is no chance he will ever be exchanging insults with you online, yet you are asking him why he is responding to his own comment. Are you this corrupt?

          Yet another oduafraudian reptile foolishly_complemented you in his usual senseless reaction: “hahahahahahaha ! Gbam !!. What is the gibberish hahahahahahaha ! Gbam !! for? Why did you not scold the idiot_for the noise?

      • Julius

        You, the almighty biafraudian should just go and get him out of the cage and take him to Owerri. If you cant do that, the trial secret or open will continue and he is heading to jail.

    • Julius

      Im so tired of trying to educate you Tawanda. You sounds like you are uneducated fella. Im gonna say this once, so pay attention. Secret trial is done in a democracy if it has something to do with the country security which kanu was trying to break. I know this wont make your narrative better but, its a fact. The fact that his lawyer can boycott his trial will not delay it.He will be convicted or vindicated based on the evidence. So, good luck


        All the coup plotters of the past who actually committed treason were tried openly even at the time of the worst dictatorship of Abacha. Nnamdi who has not killed a fly will be tried secretly abi ?….you are a brainless twit.

        • Julius

          Tell me which coup plotter was on tape asking for weapon to destroy the country . Besides, kanu is a terrorists . His case should have been taking out of the civilian court in the 1st place.There vare terrorists like him being tried in secrets in the western world on a daily basis. I know you think yall special. Your rules should be special because being Jewish and biafrians is too special. Right ?

        • Otile

          My brother, do you need to waste your precious time on a hopeless illiterate? His grammar is appalling, logic senseless.

  • favourtalk

    They should face the consequences of thier action for the crimes anyone of

  • MC

    “He however ruled that since evidences were yet to be tendered before the court on the matter, it would be improper to assume that the items were not important to the prosecution.’

    Imagine this biased, Buhari-scritp-interpreting, prejudiced Judge, John Tsoho! By the assumption above, which is already clearly an indication of your collaboration with the state, you are already helping the prosecutor by telling him to include the money found on Kanu as evidence.

    John Tsoho, we would not need a prophet to tell us where you are headed. After God-fearing judges refused to touch this case due to Buhari’s refusal to release Kanu on bail even when the courts granted them and his display of disdain for rule of law, the government shopped for you and gave you this script which you are now interpreting.Maybe they gave you plenty cash, maybe they promised you houses in Mataima and Asokoro. Go ahead, grant government’s request to secretly try and jail a non violent Igbo man for peacefully expressing his desire for self determination, but note that whatever goes around comes around. Only the uninitiated thinks that any Karma goes unpunished.

    Note that in this age, there’s no longer such things as monopoly of knowledge, be it legal or esoteric. Therefore, your body language has exposed your partisan dispositions and I shall never fail or be cowed in cautioning you to play by the best ethics of the great legal profession so that you may have a worthy place in the annals of history of this country among other things.

    • excel

      So you want the terrorist to be pamper? Your frustration has made you clueless.

  • Es3

    Secret trials are trademarks of police states and not constitutional democracies world over?!

    Someone should remind Buhari/APC that Nigeria is running a constitutional democracy!

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    • Julius

      You are wrong.

      • Es3


        • Julius

          That you are not bright ?

          • Es3


            I would have been surprised if you even understood my query, especially as such individuals (as yours) always have no cogent answers to ‘brain demanding’ queries, on and off their blog life?!

          • Julius

            Yes really. You are still not bright. Your jibbrish bores me.

  • Nigeria is back in dictatorships. The Abacha era is back. Secret trials and murder of Nigerians by hanging is back. Oh God, how did we come to this mess.

    • excel

      Just imagine your folly. Terrorist will be treated just as terrorist, No peace for evil people. Shameless pig

  • kayode Olufade

    The prosecution seeking secret trial for protection of witnesses is a valid request but reasons why the prosecution believe the witnesses have to be protected have to be presented and the Judge has to believe without a reasonable doubt that exposing witnesses to the media will be detrimental to their lives and property, but a case of treason is better treated in full public view so as to erase traces of doubt of favoritism in eventual judgement

    • share Idea

      How else do make a secret trial application when the prosecution team have already made known to the public the names of the witnesses to be called… Nigeria we hail thee

  • Fuzio

    We are watching. We will be measured and mature in all our responses. It will be a big mistake for the authorities to assume that nobody cares about a naked mad man in the marked place.

  • Factsay

    This Judge sounds bias.
    He seem to be making the case for the prosecution counsel.

  • Kez Ebed

    Witnesses lend credence and weight to evidence. They corroborate it. So let the people see and hear these witnesses do the job. Ghosts should not be entertained. Dasuki, Metuh, Nyako, them and they all are being tried openly. There is no concrete reason to believe that Kanu is more formidable than Dasuki or that the witnesses to Dasuki’s are less vulnerable to those to the Kanu’s case.