You Must Face Trial, Court Tells Dasuki

The hope of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) of going home a free man, Friday, had been dashed.
Justice Peter Affen of a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja, Friday morning ruled that the continued detention of Dasuki has not violated his order granting the ex-NSA bail on December 21, 2015.
Dasuki had asked the court to quash the charges against him and allowed him go home without facing trial on the grounds that his re-arrest on December 29, 2015 violated the order of the court granting him bail.
The Judge dismissed the application and thereafter asked Dasuki to prepare for trial for his alleged diversion of N19bn arms funds.
Justice Affen ruled that the application lacked merit and ordered that the trial of the ex-NSA, who was charged along with others, must continue.
The Judge fixed 20 and 22 April for trial.
Before now, the same court presided over by Justice Baba Yusuf had also on February 8 made similar declaration that the detention of the former NSA was in not in breach of his order granting bail to him on December 18, 2015.
The Judge had fixed March 23 for commencement of trial.
Thursday, Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja had fixed April 4 for ruling on similar application filed by Dasuki to stop his trial on four counts of money laundering and illegal possession of firearms.

Author: News Editor

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