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Bandits attack, injure Atiku’s witnesses on their way to tribunal

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Some gunmen have reportedly attacked witnesses heading to the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja to testify against President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, disclosed this to the Justice Mohammed Garba-led five-member panel tribunal, shortly before the resumption of hearing on Friday.

“My lords information we just got is that some of the witnesses we scheduled for this afternoon were waylaid by armed men while on their way. They were coming from Zamfara. “This is a matter in which out witness are coming from far places”, Chief Chris Uche, SAN, told the court.

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Also speaking, Atiku’s lead counsel, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, said: “To confirm, I was the one that was called on the phone and I had to repeatedly go outside to receive the call.

“I was told that some of them jumper into the bush and up till now most of them have not been seen while some were greatly injured. “In the circumstance, we will continue on Monday”.

Herald Nigeria learnt that the incident forced the panel to adjourn sitting until Monday.

Adjourning the case, Justice Garba held: “For the information, you have given to this court, proceedings in this matter is hereby adjourned till July 15, Monday”.

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