A Federal High Court in Yenagoa has been requested to grant a secret trial in case number FHC/YEN/17c/2016, IGP versus Yunusa Dahiru, where the accused (Yunusa, 18) is standing trial on a five-count charge of abduction, kidnapping, unlawful carnal knowledge and sexual exploitation of 14-year-old Ese Oruru.
Dahiru who was on March 8, 2016 charged with these offenses had pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him.
In the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday presided over by Hon H. A. Nganjiwa, the prosecuting counsel led by Mr Kenneth Dika pleaded with the court to take the evidence of the victim, Ese Oruru in private in view of her status as a minor.
He further objected to the application for bail made by the Defense team led by Mr Kayode Olashaebikan arguing that if the accused is granted bail, it would be difficult to get him back to face the trial.
In a 10-point counter affidavit deposed to by Police Inspector, Debo Waheed, the prosecution averred that it took the police six months rigorous search before Yunusa was apprehended, arguing that if the accused is granted bail, he would not come back, especially as he is not resident within the judicial district.
Earlier in the seven-point affidavit supporting the application for bail deposed to by Ayodeji Maxwell, the Defense cited sections 158 and 168 of Administration of Criminal Justice, and section 36 of the 1999 constitution as amended and urged the court to grant the accused bail.
Olashaebikan also objected to the application for secret trial by the prosecuting counsel, positing that the case is already in the public domain, and urged the court to dismiss the application.
The presiding judge, Justice H. A. Nganjiwa adjourned ruling on both the application for bail and secret trial to March 21, 2016.