By Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja 9 hours 57 minutes ago
An Abuja High Court yesterday ordered the arrest of a prosecution witness, Mr. Chukwudi Chukwu who failed to appear before it to testify in the murder trial of Apo six traders.
Justice Ishaq Bello issued the order following an application by the prosecutor counsel, Mamman Usman (SAN).
The judge said: “I have no difficulties in acceding to the request made by the prosecution. There is no doubt that he has receipt of the court process which he has flagrantly violated.
“Bench warrant is hereby issued to have the said witness Mr Chukkudi Chukwu arrested and brought to court tomorrow for the continuation of trial.”
In the application for the bench warrant, Usman had notified the court that although Chukwu acknowledged receipt of a subpoena issued on him on February 2, he still refused to appear.
He said: “Relying on section56 of the Criminal Procedure Code, I apply my lord to issue a bench warrant on the said Chukwudi Chukwu to compel him to testify in this matter.”
A Prosecution witness, Cpl Haruna Saleh, who said he was one of the officers that investigated the killings, testified that on June 8, 2005, he saw corpses in front of the station. He said the Divisional Police Officer Uthman Abdulsalam ordered him to bring a photographer, popularly called Chidi Best to take shots of the bodies together with two locally made pistols, two knives and one cutlass taken from the armoury.
Those standing trial are Deputy Commissioner of Police Ibrahim Danjuma, Nicholas zacharia, Emmanuel Baba, Sadiq Salami and Emmanuel Acehenje.