Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said the Federal Government’s insistence on holding a secret trial for ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki was satanic and should be resisted by all.
“Obviously, this is satanic. It is against all democratic norms and Nigerians must rise against it,” the governor said in a statement on Wednesday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
The Governor questioned the rationale behind the FG’s insistence on masking witnesses, alleging that the federal government has a fishy motive.
He also noted that having accused Dasuki of stealing $2.1 billion, it should be pretty easy for the former NSA to be brought to justice without the option of a secret trial.
“Since the names of the would-be prosecution witnesses have already been made public, what agenda is the Federal Government pursuing by insisting that its witnesses be given protection by the court by not allowing their names and addresses to be made public in the course of the trial.
“You accused someone of corruption in the market place and the person you accused is saying he wants to defend himself in the market place too, but you, the complainant, is insisting that the accused person must be tried in your bedroom, I think someone is trying to hide something?”
Finally, he concluded that masking the witnesses would affect the outcome of the trial insisting that it was against democratic tenets.
“They want Nnamdi Kanu tried secretly. They also want the former Col. Dasuki (retd.) tried secretly. What are they afraid of? How is the defence counsel going to cross-examine masked witnesses when their real identities cannot be ascertained? Why are the witnesses afraid to testify in an open court if truly they are witnesses of truth?”