With Their Faces Hidden Behind Masks, Police Witnesses Testify At Trial of Boko Haram’s Kabiru Sokoto
Two prosecution witnesses yesterday testified under mask against a suspected terrorist, Kabiru Umar a.k.a. Kabiru Sokoto, before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Kabiru Sokoto, who allegedly masterminded the 2011 Christmas Day bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger State is being prosecuted by the State Security Service (SSS) before Justice Adeniyi Ademola.
The two witnesses, who mounted the witness box, wore mask on their faces in order to hide their identities.
Both witnesses also told the court how Sokoto was arrested and interrogated.
The first witness, a police officer attached to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Special Task Force on terrorism, who was identified as XYZ, narrated to the court how Kabiru Sokoto was arrested last January at the Borno State Government Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja and what transpired during interrogation.
The witness further told the court that Sokoto voluntarily gave a statement in which he stated that he belongs to the Boko Haram Sect and that he is the governor of the sect in Sokoto State.
The witness said, “He told us that they received funding from a group in Algeria known as Musulmi Yamma and that the money created a division within the sect.”
But when the prosecuting lawyer , Chioma Onuegbu, sought to tender the statement as evidence, the lawyer to Sokoto, Adamu Ibrahim, raised an objection.
Ibrahim also told the court that the statement was not obtained voluntarily and urged the court to declare a trial -within -trial.
At the trial within trial, the second witness, who was identified as ‘ABC’ informed the court that Sokoto had asked for someone to take his statement while he was being interrogated because he was not in the right state of mind to do so himself.