Disgraced Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari’s trial is being held by the Nigerian High Court in secret.
The trial of former Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari and three other defendants was resumed by the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday behind closed doors.
After directing all litigants present, including attorneys representing other clients and reporters, to leave the courtroom before the hearing began, Justice Emeka Nwite delivered this statement.
There were never restrictions on who could attend the hearings until now.
After hearing from Sunday Joseph, the chief prosecutor for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Justice Nwite granted the request.
Joseph asked the court to order that the names of his next batch of witnesses not be made public during the trial in his application.
In other cases, The court’s litigants, visitors, and media were asked not to be allowed to watch the proceedings.
After Joseph’s request was approved, Justice Nwite halted the proceedings to allow those there to leave the courtroom.
Joseph, who addressed the media, claimed that he applied to protect the witnesses, who are experienced police officers.
He claimed, “There is a doctrine of state privilege in the interest of national security.” He asserted that members of the Inspector-General of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) who supported Abba Kyari continued to appear in court.
And you don’t know who’s who, so it’s for the witness’s protection. We are now delving into the specifics of the matter since there have been accusations that we are just witch-hunting them, he said.
Although the prosecution has previously called witnesses, the present group needed to be protected since their identities could not be made public, the chief prosecutor noted.
While some lawyers who had cases on the docket objected to the decision, Justice Nwite pleaded for their patience. The judge told them they could wait because their cases would be heard later. The topic won’t be covered throughout the day. Parallel Facts