Breaking: Dasuki Suffers Setback in Bid to Stop Trial as Court says ‘No’ to Protection of Witness

Former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, has suffered yet snother blow in his attempt to stop his ongoing tial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over his alleged role in the sharing of over N4bn, money meant to purchase arms in the war against Boko Haram sect in the north eastern part of the country.

Tuesday, a Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed his application seeking an order discharging him of charges preferred against him and another order prohibiting the Federal Government from further prosecuting him.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola, in a ruling, held that the application lacked merit, saying no Court can grant him such request.

The Judge, who described Dasuki’s application as strange, also held that no court in Nigeria could either compe‎l the Federal Government to prosecute a suspect or prohibit it from prosecuting an accused person.

He also held that it was too early in the day to make an order discharging the accused when his trial had yet to commence.

This is the third time after two previous rulings of two other Judges of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, dismissed similar applications.

On March 4, 2016, a Federal Capital Territory High Court had struck out an application by former National Security Adviser, seeking to stop his trial pending his release from detention.

Justice Peter Affen, in his ruling, held that the former NSA was unable to prove his case.

Also, Justice Ademola in a separate ruling on Tuesday, dismissed a separate application by the Federal Government seeking protection of its 11 listed witnesses ‎whom it said were afraid of appearing to testify against Dasuki in the case for fear of reprisal.

He held that the prosecution failed to establish the grounds for granting such application asking for permission to shield the identities of their witnesses during trial.

Dasuki is facing a four-count charge of money laundering and illegal possession of firearms brought against him by the DSS. He is also facing multiple counts of money laundering at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Abuja.

Author: News Editor

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