From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa
JUSTICE Hyeladzira Ajiya Nganjiwa will today rule on the application by police prosecutor seeking to obtain 14-year-old Ese Oruru’s evidence in camera.
Justice Nganjiwa had adjourned the case on March 21 to April 19 to rule on the application by the prosecution.
The prosecutor, James Anata had lined up six witnesses in the case of forceful abduction, sexual exploitation and rape brought against Yunusa Dahiru.
According to his application, Ese Oruru, who is the victim, her parents, Mr. Charles and Mrs. Rose Oruru, her elder sister, Patricia and two police officers, Deebom Wahid and Ngangian Odeari, have been lined up as prosecution witnesses in the case.
He had filed the application to obtained Ese’s evidence and shield her from the public because of her status as a minor.
According to him, the case has attracted a lot of media attention and the prosecution would not want Ese Oruru to be led in evidence in the open court to protect her from the prying eyes of the public.
Yunusa Dahiru’s counsel, Kayode Olaosebikan, had opposed the application, arguing that the prosecution had subjected his client to media trial.
According to him, the prosecution had created the condition Ese Oruru found herself so they should be ready to deal with the problem.
“They were the ones that dug the pit in which their client has found herself so they should wallow in it,” he said.
Meanwhile, investigations have revealed that respite is not coming soon for Yunusa as the application for the variation of his bail conditions has not been filed.
The implication is that Yususa would appear for his trial while he has been granted bail, which he cannot meet.