The federal government has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to protect its witnesses from the public during the trial of the self-proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mister Nnamdi Kanu.
Counsel to the government, Mister David Kaswe told the court that the application is pursuant to the fact that the prosecution witnesses many of whom reside in the geographical entity of the accused persons, have said they will not be willing to testify unless they are assured of their security.
He added that most of the witnesses categorically informed his team that unless they can be guaranteed some form of protection by the court, they will not testify.
Mr. Kaswe in persuading the court, further told the trial judge, Justice James Tsoho that the case of the prosecution will be greatly frustrated in the event, if their witnesses are not protected and refuse to attend the proceedings to testify .
Objecting to the application, Counsel to the accused persons, Chief Chuks Muoma urged the court to discountenance the application as it lacks merit .
He also says that the prosecution cannot accuse his clients in public and seek to try them in secret.
Ruling has been stood down to 2pm for the judge to decide on the application