IThe detained ex National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), Wednesday, requested prominent lawyers in the country to intervene in his trial before a Federal High Court in Abuja .
Dasuki, who made this plea before the court in the resumed trial of the former NSA over complexity in the arms funds sharing, said he needed the lawyers to shed more information on developms trial.
He listed Chief Olowole Olanipekun ( SAN), Former NBA President , Olisa Agbakoba ( SAN), Former NBA President, Constitutional lawyer and Human Rights activist, Prof. Koyinsola Ajayi (SAN), teacher of law, Dr Onyeachi Ikpeazu (SAN), foremost legal practitioner, Paul Usoro, NBA President, Femi Falana SAN, Constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, as those he wanted to intervene in his trial.
The defendant at the resumed hearing yesterday, said he has filed an application dated January 8, 2019, seeking the court to invite ‘Amici Curiae’ (friends of court) for the hearing of its December 11, 2018 application which he said has become a constitutional issue.
Dasuki is standing trial on alleged illegal possession of firearms and money laundering and has been in detention of the Department of State Services (DSS) since 2015, despite various rulings of the court, ordering his release on bail.
The federal government has refused to release him on bail without explanation, despite five courts have granted him bail.
However, late llast year, Dasuki said he would no longer attend court proceedings to face his trial until federal government obeys court orders to grant him bail.
At yesterday’s sitting, Adeola Adedipe, counsl to Dasuki, moved the application, urging the court to step down hearing of the December 11, 2018 application, pending the determination of the motion seeking the intervention of legal luminaries in the matter.
The application which is supported by a 20 paragraph affidavit is predicated on the grounds that, an Amicus Curiae (a friend of the court) can be invited by the court at any stage of the proceedings to make contributions on novel or legal or conundrums which may have far reaching implications on either the society or practice of the law.
In addition, the counsel said issues submitted for considerations in the defendant’s motion on notice of December 11, 2018 raised very serious and unusual situation, which have far reaching legal implications on the viability of the 1999 constitution as amended, the Nigerian criminal jurisprudence, rule of law, and sanctity/authority of the bench and the practice of law.
The affidavit deposed to by one Dolapo Kehinde (male), submitted that the court has inherent powers to invite and or request contributions from the enumerated Amicus Curiae, on their views with respect to the issues raised for consideration in the said application.
Recalled that Dasuki, had on December 11, 2018, prayed the court for an order to adjourn sine die, his trial pending compliance by the federal government with the court’s judgment as delivered by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu.
Justice Ojukwu had on July 2, admitted Dasuki to bail in the sum of N200 million and declared that his continued detention by the Department of State Services since 2015 was illegal and an aberration of the law.
The court adjourned till January 29 to hear the application.