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Sowore’s Trial: Prosecution Requests Permission to Shield Witnesses.

In the case against Omoyele Sowore, the prosecution has requested for permission to shield the identities of some of its witnesses.

The office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), who is the prosecution had charged Sowore and his counterpart Olawale Bakare for cyber stalking, fraud, treasonable felony, and other related offences.

In a motion on notice filed on March 5 by A. K. Alilu, the prosecution has pleaded with the court for three main reliefs.

It wants an order “excluding persons other than parties and their legal representatives, with the exception of the accredited members of the press at the hearing of the above named charge.”

The prosecution also wants the court to grant “an order directing that the court should be vacated whenever the prosecution witnesses are coming to testify in the screen or be masked and that only the trial judge, parties and their legal representatives, with the exception of the accredited members of the press, will see the witnesses when they are testifying.”

It is also praying for “an order directing that the real names and addresses of prosecution witnesses in the proceedings shall not be disclosed.

The prosecution gave reasons for making such a request, saying that those willing to testify against the defendants were afraid for their lives; afraid of being killed by the defendants, or by the supporters of the defendants’ protest movement, “Revolution Now”.

They also cited the seriousness of the case, with Sowore and Bakare being tried for offences that could attract life imprisonment.

The prosecution also said its witnesses are mainly officials of the Department of State Services who investigated the case.

Next hearing for the case is scheduled to hold March 11.

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