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News - North Central - FCT Updated: July 21, 2023

Tukur Mamu: Court Bars Lawyers, Journalists From Sitting

By A'isha Ahmad
July 21, 2023
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Lawyers, litigants, and journalists were, on Friday, ordered to leave Courtroom 7 of a Federal High Court (FHC), Abuja where the trial of Tukur Mamu, is being held.

When the matter was called, E. A Kaswe, counsel from the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), who is prosecuting the case on the Federal Government’s behalf, told the court that their witnesses were in court for the trial.

Kaswe then urged Justice Inyang Ekwo to enforce the order granted to the prosecution on Wednesday when the matter came up.

“May I humbly ask the court to enforce the order granted for all parties not party to the suit to vacate the court,” he prayed.

Justice Ekwo, who granted the prayer, ordered everyone to vacate the court, except parties in the suit.

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The development is contrary to the application by the prosecution that accredited journalists at the FHC should be allowed to observe proceedings in the trial.

Tukur Mamu, a former intermediary for bandits that kidnapped passengers on the Kaduna-Abuja train in an attack is standing trial bordering on supporting terrorism.

The Federal Government accused him of aiding and abetting Boko Haram terrorism attacks against innocent Nigerians.

He was also accused of collecting various sums of money in various currencies on behalf of Boko Haram terrorists from the families of the train attack.

He was said to have collected $420, 000 from families of the attack, and another N21 million from other sets of families of the train attack.

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He is also accused of concealing the terrorism funds in his Kaduna residence in violation of provisions of the Terrorism Prevention, Prohibition Act.

He denied all the charges when it was read to him.

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