ESE ORURU| Prosecution Seeks Secret Trial

by on March 15, 2016
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.

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