An Abuja High Court Thursday granted the request of the prosecution to recall a prosecution witness in the trial of six police officers charged with the killing of six Apo traders in Abuja.
The court consequently dismissed the objection by the defence against the recall of a prosecution witness in the trial.
The officers: Danjuma Ibrahim, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP); Uthman Abdullahi, a Divisional Police Officer (DPO); and men of other ranks: Nicholas Zachariya, Emmanuel Baba, Ezekiel Acheneje and Sadiq Salami, are standing trial over the alleged murder which was committed on June 8, 2005 in Garki, Abuja.
Counsel to Danjuma, Ricky Tafa (SAN), had challenged the re-invitation of Ede Ayuba, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), who tendered guns and other weapons allegedly recovered in connection with the incident, because his recall contradicted section 237 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
But the lead prosecuting counsel, Chris Uche (SAN), urged the court to overrule the objection because the witness only came to conclude his evidence as well as tender supporting exhibits.
In his ruling, Justice Ishaq Bello held that the recall of the witness was in line with the relevant sections of the law, and therefore dismissed the defence counsel’s objection.
Earlier, the judge had admitted certified copies of medical report of the examination conducted on the deceased namely: Anthony Nwokike, Chinedu Merim, Ifeanyi Ozo, Isaac Eken, Paul Ogbonna and Augustina Arebun at the Asokoro General Hospital following the incident.
The case has been adjourned until July 10 for continuation of trial.