Dasuki Seeks Acting CJN Intervention for Quick Trial

Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), a former National Security Adviser to erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan has written the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, seeking for speedy trial.
He prayed the CJN to expedite hearing on two appeals he lodged against his continued detention by the Federal Government.
In a letter through his lead counsel, Joseph Daudu, he pleaded with the Acting CJN to hear his appeals in earnest especially on his bail application.
The letter read in part; “The same government having breached his right to fair trial by not allowing him proceed on bail to have adequate time and facilities to prepare his defence, interfered with his constitutionally guaranteed presumption of innocence by continuing to detain him without trial has insisted on several occasions to proceed with the charges afore described, knowing fully well that the appellant has no access to documents with which he would wish to defend himself.”
He further stated that he was mindful of the fact that the government has infringed on his fundamental human rights by refusing to release him despite pronouncement of the courts.
He told the Acting CJN that the two pending appeals which he filed in August, were in compliance with the Supreme Court practice directions.
In the letter dated November 30 and received by the apex court on December 6, Dasuki, further prayed the CJN to exercise its discretion in his favour by granting quick determination of the two appeals because of their peculiar nature.
Daudu in the letter recalled that his client was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on charges of breach of trust, criminal misappropriation and sundry offences before two high courts of the Federal Capital Territory between September and December last year.
He stated that following a not guilty plea by his client, the two courts granted him bail and the conditions perfected by the appellant.
The letter explained that no sooner had Dasuki perfected his bail conditions than the DSS operatives swooped on him and abducted him at Kuje prison gate. He said his client have since then been in detention without trial.
Daudu told Justice Onnoghen that the only reason Federal Government adduced to justify “the abduction” of his client, which was not backed by any law, was that Dasuki posed a security risk.
Dasuki who has been in custody of the Department of State Service, since December 29, 2015, is challenging the refusal of the Federal Government to release him on bail as ordered by different courts of competent jurisdiction.

Author: News Editor

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