Court Criticizes FG for Poor Prosecution of Tukur Mamu in Terrorism Financing Case

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Court Criticizes FG for Poor Prosecution of Tukur Mamu in Terrorism Financing Case

In Abuja, a Federal High Court recently criticized the federal government for what it deemed as a lack of diligent prosecution in the case against Tukur Mamu, the publisher of Desert Herald newspaper. During a court session, the prosecution counsel, David Kaswe, was conspicuously absent despite his name on the cause list indicating his presence.

Abdul Mohammed, Mamu’s counsel, requested the court to stand down the matter until Kaswe’s return. However, even upon the judge’s delivery of a judgment, Kaswe failed to appear in court. This prompted Justice Inyang Ekwo to express surprise at the “miraculous disappearance” of the prosecution’s lawyer, emphasizing that such conduct was only tolerated for that day’s proceedings.

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Justice Ekwo cautioned that the court would take appropriate action if the prosecution continued to demonstrate a lack of readiness to prosecute the case diligently or expeditiously.

Meanwhile, Mamu’s lawyer sought to transfer his client to Kuje Prison, citing the Department of State Services’ failure to comply with a previous court order granting Mamu access to his doctors. The defense argued that Mamu would receive proper medical attention at Kuje Prison, as they adhere to court orders. Thus, they requested the court to vary the order accordingly.

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The judge adjourned the matter until May 20 to rule on Mamu’s application.

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