A Justice of the Federal High Court, Abuja, John Tsoho, has ruled against the application of the Federal Government to conceal the identity of
its witnesses in the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB.
Justice Tsoho ruled that masking the witnesses would shield their demeanor from the court.
“There is no gainsaying that demeanor of witnesses is very crucial in a trial”, adding that sufficient evidence had not been provided by the prosecution to show that the witnesses were being threatened.
The Department of State Services (DSS) had already disclosed the names of its witnesses and addresses, indicating that they reside in Lagos, Enugu and Port Harcourt.
“It is not correct therefore to assert that many of the witnesses come from the accused persons location,” he said.
He ruled that names and addresses of the witnesses would not be made public during the trial.
The case has been adjourned till March 7 and 11 for trial.