Chairman of the people’s Democratic Party
Governors Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has described
the Federal Government’s attempt to use a witness wearing a mask to testify
against a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), as satanic
and a mockery of democracy.
The governor said it was becoming
obvious that the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government had something
to hide on the travails of Dasuki
The governor said Nigerians should
ask the Federal Government why it was afraid of trying Dasuki in the open.
Fayose in a statement issued on
Wednesday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere
Olayinka, challenged the APC-led Federal Government to allow a live television
coverage of the trial so that the government could tell the world how Dasuki
actually stole the $2.1bn arms money and he (Dasuki) could also defend himself
in the full glare of the public.
“Since the names of the would-be
prosecution witnesses have already been made public, what agenda is the Federal
Government pursuing by insisting that its witnesses be given protection by the
court by not allowing their names and addresses to be made public in the course
of the trial.
“You accused someone of corruption
in the market place and the person you accused is saying he wants to defend
himself in the market place too, but you, the complainant, is insisting that
the accused person must be tried in your bedroom, I think someone is trying to
Fayose said it was curious that the
Federal Government could approach the court for the second time, seeking an
order to conduct secret trial in a celebrated criminal matter, on which it
claimed to have watertight evidence.
He opined that the prosecuting
counsel, who filed the application, should be ashamed for allowing themselves to be used as tools to subvert democracy.
“They want Nnamdi Kanu tried
secretly. They also want the former Col. Dasuki (retd.) tried secretly. What
are they afraid of? How is the defence counsel going to cross-examine masked
witnesses when their real identities cannot be ascertained? Why are the
witnesses afraid to testify in an open court if truly they are witnesses of
“Obviously, this is satanic. It is
against all democratic norms and Nigerians must rise against it,” the governor
He called on the court to reject
the Federal Government’s ploy to use masquerades as witnesses because Nigerians
now at the mercy of the judiciary, as the only institution that could save them
from the full-blown dictatorship that the APC government had become.