The federal government has again applied to the federal high court in Abuja for the protection of witnesses billed to testify against the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in the criminal charges of unlawful possession of firearm arms and money laundering.
In a motion on notice brought to the court on Wednesday, the government prayed the court for an order to shield the identities of the witnesses and that the decors of proceedings not to be made accessible to the public.
In the motion filed by federal government lawyer, Oladipo Opeseyi, the government also applied for an order to permit the witnesses to be addressed with pseudo names in the cause of the trial of the ex-NSA.
The trial Judge, Adeniyi Ademola, had in February dismissed a similar motion on protection of witnesses brought to the court by the Federal Government on the ground that the motion was baseless and unwarranted.
The judge said that the same government cannot ask for protection of witnesses having filed the charges and proof of evidence along with the names of the witnesses and put the same at the public domain for public consumption.
The government also claimed that most of the witnesses were security personnel and had expressed fears of being identified by members of the public who are sympathetic to Mr. Dasuki.
However, counsel to Mr. Dasuki, Joseph Daudu, told Justice Adeniyi Ademola that he had just been served with the motion and that he needed time to respond.
The judge adjourned the matter till June 23.