Nigerian govt. ordered to produce ex-NSA, Sambo Dasuki, in court

Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, Nigeria

The Nigerian government has been ordered to produce former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in court on February 16 to answer criminal charges filed against him.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja, who gave the order, said it is mandatory for a defendant in a criminal matter to be physically present in court at every stage of the prosecution except where the presence of an accused is excused by court for clear reasons.

The reaction of Justice Ademola was provoked by the failure of government to bring Mr. Dasuki to court Wednesday without any reason for continuation of his trial.

Mr. Dasuki’s counsel, Joseph Daudu (SAN), had also complained that his client was abducted by security agents of the Federal Government six weeks ago to an unknown destination.

Mr. Daudu informed Justice Ademola that since Mr. Dasuki was taken away, all efforts by his family members and lawyers to have access to him had been scuttled.

The SAN also recalled that in three different High Courts where Dasuki was arraigned by the federal government, he (Dasuki) was admitted to bail by the three courts and the counsel regretted that up till date, the government and its agents have refused to allow Mr. Dasuki go on bail.

He then urged the judge to compel the Federal Government and its agents to respect the court’s decision, having joined issues with the defendant in court.

The trial judge said, “I am worried that the accused is not here. I do not want to set a bad precedent.

“Except the court gives express order for the defendant not to be in court, the accused must be brought to court from wherever he is.

“The accused must be here because I am not sure if what I am doing right now in the absence of the accused is not an illegality.

“Government and whoever is concerned must endeavour to do the necessary thing. The accused having been formally charged in court, must be produced in court for trial on the appointed days in compliance with provisions of the law.”

Earlier, counsel to the federal government, Dikpo Okpeseyi (SAN) applied for withdrawal of an application earlier filed by government, seeking the revocation of bail granted Mr. Dasuki on November 3, last year.

The judge consequently struck out the application and announced that ruling would be delivered on February 16 in a pending government application, seeking the secret trial of the former NSA.

It would be recalled that the federal government had arraigned Dasuki in court on charges of unlawful possession of fire arms, breach of trust and money laundering.

Meanwhile, the trial of Mr. Dasuki has been fixed for February 16 and 17 before Justice Ademola.


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  • eclub

    This judge is a clown, pretending to be a learned jurist; at the end of the day, he may know of western jurisprudence, and in fact our Constitution, but he is inferior to a dictator, and they still get whatever they want:

    1. Detentions in gulags infinitum
    2. Impossible bail conditions
    3. Suspension of habeas corpus
    4. Hiding killed suspects

    So the judge is a clown.

    • Julius

      You are a moron. Let me get this straight, a Judge is okay when he grants Dasuki and kanu what they want but, he is a clown when he doesnt ? Yea, you are a genius. Your education is paying off big time.

      • eclub

        A judge who is rightly suspicious that a defendant should be produced in court, implicitly hinting that the defendant is either dead or in danger, certainly having his right to be present to face his accusers violated gives the government a whole month to produce the body? That is a travesty of not just justice, but humanity! At least the judge should make sure the defendant is alive. Or he is not just a clown, but a pretender.

        Secondly, if he is inclined to give bail, why so stringent bail conditions? If a defendant is a risky applicant, state why. Or deny bail, but don’t pretend like you are a nonpartisan while the practical reality is no different.

  • Julius

    This Judge must be picked up as soon as possible !. He is one of the most corrupt Judges in the country.Dasuki must have paid him well. He grants whatever Dasuki’s lawyers ask for.EFCC should seek his removal from this case, as soon as possible !

    • eclub

      You are not educated, and most likely not even a Nigerian.

  • Buhari should be IMPEACHED.

  • Tafidan Dogon Daji

    I can not imagine as to why form 48,Notice of consequence to disobedience of court order is yet to be entered against the Government of the Federation and its security operatives,viz,the DSS and EFCC for flouting court orders with special reference to Col Dasuki and Nnamdi Kanu.
    Two,democracy always says “NO” to secret trials of civilians even on charges of treason.And Sambo Dasuki is faced by cancer which doctors globally identify as a killer disease.And unless there is ill will against the Sokoto Prince,he should be released on bail as ordered by court.

  • MI

    This judge should be more worried over several Nigerians languishing in Nigerian prisons and police cells awaiting trial or locked up over trivial charges rather than unnecessarily disturbing us over a wicked criminal of the highest order.

  • Your Biodun

    Why should i worry about a man whose hands are full of the blood of over 20.000 Nigerians(both civilians and soldiers)??? This Jugde should be sanctioned.

  • “Nigerian govt. ordered to produce ex-NSA, Sambo Dasuki, in court”

    Let’s wait to see what Buhari and the Gestapo would say. For goodness sake, let the court find Dasuki guilty as charged before Buhari can condemn the man. In a civilized clime, this case is dead on arrival due to miscarriage of justice. We’ll continue to forward these human rights violations to the International Agencies all over the world.

  • Kuku

    What a useless and corrupt judge. He’s passionate about Dasuki because of the bride he collected from him. Perhaps he needs more money, perhaps Dasuki must have exposed him that’s why he’s worried. He doesn’t care about the vulnerable people displaced by insurgency as a result of Dasuki criminal activities. He’s concern is all about his pocket. Security agents should please handcuff Dasuki with strong chains on his legs while presenting him in court because nigeria cannot afford his jailbreak it’s going to be costly.