Following the objection to the admissibility of the statements of the alleged masterminds of the April 14, 2014 Nyanya bomb blasts in Abuja, as exhibits by their counsel, a Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday ordered a trial-within- trial.
The accused, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, Ahmed Abubakar, Mohammed Ishaq, Ya’u Saidu (alias Kofar Rama); Anas Isa, Adamu Yusuf and Nasir Abubakar are facing charges bothering on terrorism.
At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, the prosecution counsel, Mohammed Diri, sought to tender the statements of the accused persons through the first prosecution witness, but was objected to by counsel to the accused led by Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN).
Raji told the court that the first accused person, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, was beaten and severely tortured before his statement was obtained, adding that the statement was not voluntarily given and hence, should not be admitted as evidence by the court.
Also, counsel to the second accused person, Abdul Mohammed, urged the court not to admit the statement of his client as it was obtained under severe torture.
Mohammed prayed the court to conduct trial-with-in trial to ascertain the voluntariness of the statements of the accused persons, which the prosecution sought to tender.
Counsel to the other accused persons aligned themselves with the submissions of Raji and Abdul Mohammed and prayed the court to order the trial-within-trial in the matter.
Responding, Diri urged the trial Judge, Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed, to discountenance the submissions of the defence counsel, adding that the statements of all the accused persons were voluntarily obtained, contrary to the submissions of defence counsel.
Justice Mohammed adjourned the matter till June 2 and 3, 2015 to commence the trial-within-trial in the matter to ascertain the voluntariness of the confessional statements of the accused persons.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that the Federal Government on Tuesday said it will tender 37 documentary evidences and call five witnesses in the trial of the Nyanya bomb blasts’ suspects.

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