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Justice Ademola’s trial: Prosecution alleges harrasment of witnesses, asks for witness protection

The trial of Justice ADENIYI ADEMOLA, his wife and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, JOE AGINHAS, has continued with the prosecution, alleging that his witnesses are being harassed.

The prosecution counsel, SEGUN JEGEDE, told the court that one of his witnesses allegedly escaped an assassination attempt the night before, and that the said witness claimed that someone had called him to broker a meeting with the defendants.

He therefore asked the court for witness protection.

Objecting to the statement by JEGEDE counsel to Justice ADEMOLA, ONYECHI IKPEAZU said the tales being told continue to instigate media trial and prejudice the trial.

According to him, if any crime had been perceived to have occurred, the right thing would be to approach the security agencies to launch an investigation and file charges if anyone was found culpable, rather than trying to create public sentiments.

In a short ruling, Justice JUDE OKEKE said for the sake of the trial, the Inspector General of Police is to provide security and protection for all the parties and witnesses in the case including the defense and prosecution to prevent any interference.

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