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Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa yesterday adjourned trial of Yanusa Dahiru, aka ‘Yellow,’ to May 12 to ruling on private trial over Ese Oruru.
The presiding judge, Justice Aliya Nganjiwa said that the adjournment was to rule on the application of the prosecuting counsel seeking private trial of the accused.
Nganjiwa said that the court was ready to ensure that justice prevailed on the matter.
The prosecuting counsel, Keneth Dike said the motive of the application was to take the evidence of the victim in private.
According to Dike, “We are seeking for the constitutional right of the victim, Ese Oruru, for fair trial.
“For the interest justice, we must protect her image and future. We are seeking the leave of the court to take the evidence of the victim in private, excluding every other person except the parties and the counsel,” he said.
The defence counsel, Kayode Olaosebikan who opposed the application said there was no merit in taking evidence in private.
He explained that the pictures of the victim were already in the internet, print and electronic media.
On his application for bail, Olaosebikan expressed worry over the condition of the court, which he said they could not meet.
“We were unable to meet the condition that the sureties must be residents in Yenagoa; so it has been difficult for us to bail him, Yanusa,” he said.
The accused person, Yanusa Dahiru would remain in custody till the adjourned date.


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