Dasuki loses in court, key application dismissed

Former NSA Sambo Dasuki and others arraigned over misappropriation at the FCT High Court in Abuja
Former NSA Sambo Dasuki and others arraigned over misappropriation at the FCT High Court in Abuja

A Federal Capital Territory High Court on Monday dismissed the application of counsel to the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, seeking a stay of proceeding.

Mr. Dasuki’s counsel, Joseph Daudu had applied for stay of proceeding in the allegation of diversion of N19 billion by Mr. Dasuki while he was NSA.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said the money is part of funds meant for the purchase of arms in the fight against terror.

Mr. Daudu had asked the court to stay proceeding on the grounds that his client was rearrested shortly after being granted bail by a Federal High Court.

He said the EFCC and the State Security Service, which charged him before Justice Ademola Adeniyi of the Federal High Court, were both an arm of government, hence the EFCC should not have gone ahead to re-arrest him after he was granted bail by a sister court.

Mr. Daudu contended that the re-arrest of his client amounted to contempt of court since his client was due to enjoy his bail, after meeting all of the bail terms.

He prayed the court to enforce a suspension of the current charge against him, until such a time when the prosecution (government) obeys court order.

But counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs, told the court that the prosecution in the current allegation is not the federal government but the EFCC.

He argued that the EFCC is just an arm of government like the SSS, but that both arms operated separately by the provisions of the constitution.

Mr. Jacobs further argued that the court that granted Mr. Dasuki bail was as different from the FCT High Court as the arm of government, which took him to court in the previous allegation.

He stated that Mr. Dasuki and his counsel cannot bring an allegation of contempt of court before Justice Huseini Baba-Yusuf, when the bail in question was granted by Justice Adeniyi of the Federal High Court.

He therefore prayed the court to dismiss the application.

In his ruling, Mr. Baba-Yusuf said there was no court order that prevented the re-arrest of Mr. Dasuki if found wanting by any law enforcement arm of government.

He added that the submission of the applicant that the SSS and the EFCC were one and the same has no legal backing.

The judge therefore dismissed the application for lacking in merit.

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  • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

    Where are those pocket lawyers shouting about the infringement of Dasukigate?

  • Julius

    Where are the fake rule of law crowd yelling that Buhari is a dictator that disobey the courts ? Now the court ruled that the government has the right to arrest him for a different offense. Oya, make more noise by blaming the judge.

  • Tafidan Dogon Daji

    Dasuki did not lose his case but is being faced by a tyrant government whose leader could see his own doctors in London but would deliberately refuse a cancer patient to be seen by his.I dey laugh!

    • Gugurus Ekpa

      Be quiet. You did not complain when he was busy sharing money needed to fight terrorists. But now you want to cry us a river because he was not granted bail.

    • Artful ºDodger

      You must be another one of them igbo bastard morons! Considering the gravity of Dasuki´s crime, he can rot in jail just like your cancerous imbecile kanu.

      Hopeless bastard baby factory product of a whore!

    • Arabakpura

      The cancer patient that is being positioned by the PDP for President in 2019!

    • Fadama

      One of Dasuki’s children has spoken.

    • tundemash

      Wailing wailer, give us another story.

  • Amir

    Re-arrest is now legal. Take note.

    • Gugurus Ekpa

      Every charge brought against a person is deemed reason enough for arrest. Why do you struggle to make sense of this?

    • AIYEKOTO

      Re-arrest is not applicable in this wise. He was arrested by DSS, and not EFCC, for another offence. Please take note.

  • Ochon

    Many of you sound like Saints. You could even be worse than dasuki giving his position

    • tundemash

      If you are worse than him, don’t assume everyone is same as u.

  • excel

    Good one, corruption must be dealt with, the war against corruption can’t be frustrated. It is a war for the survival of our nation.

  • Observer

    hahahahahahahaha. laff wan tear my belle, oya make dem GEJ apologists yan na

  • abodes_124

    Do we not have a department of public prosecutions prosecuting cases on behalf of the government?. I d hope this sub case is appealed up to the supreme court so that we can get a definitive ruling on this for guidance.

  • Dasuki was rearrested by a different arm of government for a different crime… The Judge has ruled. I hope this already obvious fact that somehow still needed to be ruled by a judge becomes well understood by Nigerians who felt Dasuki’s rights were being abused. I hope this ruling calms everyone and drives home the point that we may not know all the facts.

  • UOU

    We cannot wait for the main trial to start, one wonders why all the delays because if it had started, dasuki would not have gone to court to stop, an on-going trials, so why the delays or is it what is being sensed?