Court Refuses Application to Completely Shield Witnesses in Boko Haram Trial

A Federal High Court in Abuja  Wednesday dismissed an application by prosecution to allow it to completely shield witnesses lined up to testify against three suspected members of Boko Haram sect.

The accused persons who are being prosecuted by the Federal Government for terrorism charges, include  an Islamic scholar and a lecturer at the Kogi State University, Dr. Muhammed Yunus, Salami Abdullahi (aka Asta) and Musa Umar.

The court had earlier agreed to allow the witnesses to be partially shielded when giving evidence.

However, some of the witnesses refused to enter the witness box unless they were allowed to completely cover their face.

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