IPOB Leader To Be Prosecuted In Secret, Trial Venue Moves To CCT
The trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu is to be conducted in secret in line with the new Practice Directions on terrorism-related cases adopted by the Federal High Court (FHC). ICIR reports.
As reported by ICIR, in line with the development, the venue of Kanu’s trial will move from the Abuja FHC to the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) headquarters in Abuja.
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Chief Judge of the FHC John Tsoho, who issued the new practice directions, said it was adopted in line with the provisions of Section 254 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended). jamb results
Under the new arrangement, media coverage of terrorism-related proceedings is strictly prohibited, unless permitted by the court.
Order 2 of the new practice directions, which deals with trial proceedings stated: “The perimeters of the court sitting over a terrorism trial shall be secured for the period of the trial for the safety of litigants and court officials.
“Distance and size of perimeters to be secured for the trial shall be determined based on the recommendation of security agencies on a case-by-case basis”.
“No person shall be allowed within the secured perimeters save the approved court officials; parties and a number of pre-registered legal practitioners on either side, witnesses; and any other person as may be directed by the Judge or the most senior Judge in the given circumstances.
“Only the judges, other essential court staff, and security agencies involved in the particular case and their vehicles shall access the court premises.
“Proceedings of offences of terrorism, subject to the provisions of section 232 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and section 34 of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 (as amended), shall be held in camera or as may be ordered by the Court.
“The names, addresses, telephone numbers and identities of the victims of such offences or witnesses in the proceedings shall not be disclosed in any record or report of the proceedings and it shall be sufficient to designate the names of the victims or witnesses with a combination of alphabets.”
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