A fresh application has been filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja, by the Federal Government asking to be allowed not to disclose any information of all the witnesses that are billed to testify against the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr Omoleye Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawole Bakare.
In the last general election, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, Omoleye Sowore and publisher of an online news outlet, Sahara Reporters, and Bakare, are facing an amended two-count charge that the FG preferred against them through the Federal Ministry of Justice.
They were accused of conspiring to stage a revolution campaign on August 5, 2019, tagged “#Revolution Now”, aimed at removing President Muhammadu Buhari from office as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during his term of office, otherwise than by constitutional means.
On March 5, a copy of the fresh application which was sighted by our correspondent made it known that the FG, told the court that its witnesses are afraid that they would be killed by the defendants.
It, therefore, applied for, “An order of this honourable court excluding person’s other than parties and their legal representatives with the exception of the accredited members of the Press at the hearing of the above-named charge.
“An order of this honourable court directing that the courts should be vacated whenever the prosecution witnesses are coming to testify in the screen to be masked and that only the trial Judge, parties and their legal representatives with the exception of the accredited members of the Press will see the witnesses when they are testifying.
As well as, “An order of the honourable court directing that the real names and addresses of prosecution witnesses in the proceedings shall not be disclosed”.