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A principal staff officer in charge of communication intelligence with the Department of State Services, lagos State command, Rasheed Olawole, has  told the federal high Abuja, that on  5th August 2019, no form of Revolution took place in the country.

He made this statement during cross examination by Femi Falana counsel to Omoyele Sowore.

He noted that while Mr Sowore was in custody with the Department of State Services he was never tortured and he did not partake in any of the protest.

Mr Olawole while giving his evidence in chief on 11th March 2019 claimed that Mr Sowore was arrested for allegedly planning to revolt against a democratically elected government on 5th August 2019.

The Prosecution had filed a motion praying for an order to vacate the court whenever the prosecution witnesses are testifying

The motion also sought to ensure only the trial judge, parties and legal representatives, as well as accredited members of the press will be able to see the witnesses

He also prayed an order that the real names and addresses of the prosecution witnesses in the proceedings shall not be disclosed.

In a counter affidavit, Counsel to the defendant noted that  names and residential  address of the witnesses billed to testify in the case are public knowledge and nothing in the instant charge requires secret trial or shielding of witnesses

In a short ruling Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu held persons that will be present in court for the proceedings will be parties involved, their counsel and only accredited press, with the observance of covid-19 protocol which will not be more than 20 persons.

She refused the pray that the prosecution witnessed be shielded adding that the prosecution had not proved any form of violence or harassment against them.

Trial adjourned to 25th January 2021.

 

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