FG to Consolidate Two Criminal Charges Against Dasuki

A deal has been struck between the Federal Government and former National Security Adviser, (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) on modalities of his (Dasuki’s) trial on two criminal charges against him.
At the resumed trial of Dasuki Wednesday, the Federal Government agreed to consolidate the criminal charges filed against Dasuki and others before two different High Courts of the Federal Capital Territory Judiciary, Abuja.
The former NSA had complained that putting him on trial in two different courts on the same issue would prejudice and cause double jeopardy.
Prosecution counsel for the Federal Government, Rotimi Jacobs and that of Dasuki, Joseph Daudu then agreed before Justice Baba Yusuf to formally write the Chief Judge of the FCT judiciary, Justice Ishaq Bello to consolidate the two charges in the interest of Justice.
The two counsels also applied to Justice Yusuf to adjourn the matter pending the time the Chief Judge would consider the application for consolidation.
The Judge who was billed to give ruling on Dasuki’s motion for consolidation put off the ruling as a result of understanding between the prosecution and the defence and adjourned the matter till October 21, 2016.
This was to allow the two parties reach a consensus on the matter.
Dasuki has been put on trial before Justice Baba Yusuf and another charge was filed against him before Justice Peter Affem both of the FCT High Court on the same issue and subject.
However, Dasuki sensing danger in the abuse of judicial process applied that the two charges at the two high court be consolidated since they were on the same issues and alleged contravention of the same laws.
Dasuki who is standing trial on allegation of alleged misappropriation of fund along with four others before Justice Yusuf had insisted that the charges against him by the complainant on the same issue constituted a gross abuse of court process.
In the motion brought pursuant to Section 6 and 36 of the 1999 Constitution and Section 1, 208, 396, 491 and 492 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, Dasuki had claimed that the two charges revolved around the same set of transaction and facts on the alleged funds misappropriation and the breach of trust. He claimed that the two charges with NO FCT/HC/CR/43/2015 and another one with FCT/HC/CR/42/2015 pending before Justice Yusuf of the High Court No 4 and Justice Peter Affen of High Court No 24 are identical charges emanating from the Office of the National Security Adviser and as such must be consolidated in the interest of justice and fair trial to avoid double jeopardy.
The applicant further claimed that to stand trial before two different courts and two different Judges on the same set of facts and purported transaction of the office of the NSA will be prejudicial and great hardship against him as he stands the risk of double jeorpady having being charged in two different courts on the issue.

Author: News Editor

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