By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
An Abuja High Court in Maitama, Wednesday, fixed March 21, to cross-examine two principal witnesses, who had in their separate statements before the court, fingered Deputy Commissioner of Police Ibrahim Danjuma, for killing six Igbo traders commonly referred to asÂ ‘Apo six’, in Abuja, in 2005.
The witnesses, Mr. Yakubu Philips and Mr. Ibrahim Garba, who are police officers, were yesterday ordered to be produced in court on the next adjourned date, byÂ Justice I.U. Bello who is presiding over the murder case.
Lead counsel to Danjuma, Mr. Ricky Tafa, SAN, specifically requested their recall, contending that the statements they made before the court contradicted with what they told the Mike Okiro-led panel of enquiry, which had earlier investigated the matter.
The duo had in their examination-in-chief alleged that they were compelled under duress to feed the Okiro panel with lies, while refuting the allegation that the deceased victims engaged the police patrol squad in a gun battle which led to their demise.
Others standing trial are DPO Abdulsalam Othman (now at large), Nicholas Zakaria, Emmanuel Baba, Ezekiel Achejene and Sadiq Salam.