Again, Court postpones ex-NSA Dasuki’s trial

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

A Federal High Court in Abuja has again postponed the trial of a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, who is accused of money laundering.

Mr. Dasuki is accused of diverting N19 billion.

The counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs, told Justice Husseini Yusuf on Friday that an application had earlier been made by Mr. Dasuki through his clients for stay of proceedings in court.

He said his client was of the view that the application should be refused.

He noted that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act stipulates that such cases be heard daily, and argued that while the judge could hear a motion from the defendants, as the case progresses, a prayer for stay of proceedings should not be allowed.

Mr. Dasuki’s counsel, Joseph Daudu, countered that the details in the said application should be strongly evaluated, as it contained an abuse of the rules of court.

Mr. Daudu said he had been unable to reach his client since he was rearrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Mr. Daudu said he was only able to see his client after a long time, after a court order on Thursday demanded that Mr. Dasuki be produced in court.

The counsels to the second, third, fourth defendants also said they had neither been served with the said application, nor with the counter affidavit, from the prosecution.

The judge, Mr. Yusuf, therefore ruled that the matter could not be heard yet.

“Having heard all parties, I can say with all sense of notice that the matter cannot be heard today,” he noted.

He said it was important to allow Mr. Dasuki go through the counter-affidavit and make his responses to the issues raised.

He directed that counsels to the other defendants be served with the motion on notice, as well as the counter affidavits, before the next date of hearing.


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  • Tafidan Dogon Daji

    No one doubts PMB’s economic integrity and prudency but am suspicious of his dual face on issues that affect the independence of the judiciary.He should not arrogate unto himself fothwith,any authority to encroaching into powers of our courts.
    Times without number,Col Dasuki (rtd) was committed to bail by different courts but the presidency unjustifiably continue to put him in its detention camp(s),either via the DSS or the EFCC.And this is unacceptable to the rule of law.
    I am appealing to PMB to remain a born again,a true democrat,who would,against his will,allow courts to have their say in the governance of our dear nation.

    • usabram

      I quite agree with you. But Initially also Dasuki was not ready to cooperate. It was after the like of dokpesi opened up that Dasuki gave up. They were still behaving initially as if they were in power and when they were humbled.

      • Abe Temitope

        Open up on what. Admitting stealing $2.1billion . common !!!

        • usabram

          He wasn’t ready to name anyone or explain what happened with the money. Not until dokpesi spoke that Dasuki opened up his tap

    • Fred Diran

      Our president knows what he’s doing.. Whatever your ambiguos rhistoric suggestions. Physician heal thyself.

  • Olamide

    He has eaten our generation and he shall suffer for it

  • Gugurus Ekpa

    Just the stress of going to court and then having your case adjourned over and over again, is enough to wear you down. DasuKI CANNOT possibly be a happy man with all this course cases. Was the looting of Nigeria really worth it?

    • Ajayi Ifayemi

      Unfortunately he is the one that keeps asking for adjournment. I am sure he does not really undertsand what card to play again.