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Lagos Court to Hold Trial of Boko Haram Suspects Behind Closed Doors

Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court, Lagos has ruled that the trial of 17 suspected members of the Boko Haram sect charged with terrorism would be held behind closed doors.

Justice Buba gave the ruling as he granted an application made by the prosecution, urging that the trial be held in camera due to the security implications of the matter.

While arguing the application, the Attorney-General of Lagos State, Mr Ade Ipaye urged the court to bar press coverage of the proceeding of the trial and that prosecuting witnesses like operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) should be allowed to wear face mask while giving evidence in court.

The counsel to the accused did not oppose Ipaye’s application and it was granted by Justice Ibrahim buba.

Those standing trials are: Mustapha Daura, Abba Duguri, Ali Mohammed, Adamu Karumi, Mohammed Murtala, Kadiri Mohammed, Mati Daura, Farouk Haruna, Abdullahi Azeez, Ibrahim Bukar and Zula Diani.

Others are: Ibrahim Usman, Bala Haruna, Idris Ali, Sanni Adamu, Danjuma Yahaya and Musa Audu. They are all charged with acts of terrorism.

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