Prosecution in the alleged corruption trial of Justice Adeniyi Ademola has said that its star witness was nearly killed by assassins
– Lawyer to the federal government Segun Jegede said the witness Dr. Sani Shuaibu Teidi called in the early hours of Monday, January 30 to inform him of the attempt on his life
– But the defense counsel said the submission of the prosecuting counsel was not properly delivered and should be disregarded
Dr. Sani Shuaibu Teidi, the star witness in the trial of Justice Adeniyi Ademola has escaped death in the hands of assassins.
Daily Trust reports that the federal government revealed this on Monday, January 30 at a High Court in Abuja through its prosecution counsel Barrister Segun Jegede.
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Jegede said that Teidi called him at about 2am on Monday saying there was an attempt on his life and as a result has been put under Police protection at an undisclosed location for his safety.
Jegede said: “Three days ago while I was having a meeting with Dr. Teidi, he mentioned to me that he received a call from somebody to broker a meeting between himself and Justice Ademola.”
Jegede later urged the court to grant an order of witness protection.
“Witnesses are now being systematically threatened and I will urge the court to order an investigation into this matter and order a witness protection for this witness to be able to give evidence,” he said.
But Justice Ademola’s lawyer Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) objected to the claim, saying: “If a client is mentioned in any allegation, you approach the counsel first.”
The investigating agencies, Ikpeazu noted, should have been contacted to carry out the necessary investigation and take appropriate steps.
The presiding judge Justice Jude Okeke ruled that since the prosecution has said the Commissioner of Police (COP) and the Maitama division of the Nigeria Police Force are already aware of the assassination attempt, the court will not interfere with the ongoing investigation.
Just some days back, the State Security Services described how millions of cash, in foreign and local currencies, were recovered from the Abuja residence of Ademola.
Testifying before Justice Jude Okeke of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja, the first prosecution witness in the trial of Adeniyi Ademola, his wife Olabowale and a senior advocate of Nigeria Joe Agi said the money was recovered during a midnight raid on the judge last year.