Court orders prosecution to serve witnesses’ statements, video exhibits on Sowore, co-defendant

Court orders prosecution to serve witnesses’ statements, video exhibits on Sowore, co-defendant

…Adjourns trial till December  5, 6

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday ordered the prosecution to serve on the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, statements of prosecution witnesses, video exhibits and all other documents intended to be relied on to prove their case against the defendants.

The defendants were accused of treasonable felony among other sundry charges by the Federal Government.

The failure of the prosecution led by Hassan Liman (SAN), to serve the video exhibits and statements of prosecution witnesses on the defendants ahead of the Wednesday’s proceedings forced the judge to adjourn the matter till December 5 and 6.

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The judge had overruled an earlier request by the defence team led by Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), and Mr. Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), to adjourn the matter on the grounds that they had not been allowed access to the defendants in the custody of the Department of State Services.

But the judge had directed the prosecution to call their first witness.

Liman had gone on to present the case of the prosecution highlighting the elements of alleged money laundering, treasonable felony and cybercrime, he would lead evidence to prove in the course of the trial.

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He also said he would rely on among other things, video exhibits, statements of the witnesses and bank statements.

He then called on an official of Guaranty Trust Bank as the first prosecution witness.

The proposed witness had barely entered the courtroom when Falana protested that the defence had yet to be served with the video exhibit and witnesses’ statements alluded to by the prosecution.

After a back-and-forth argument between the defence and the prosecution over the issue, the judge agreed with the defence that the defence was entitled to be served with the items under the Constitution.

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She adjourned till December 5 and 6 for trial with a directive that all the items must be served on the defence before then.

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