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Trial of former security adviser begins on Tuesday

31 August 2015, 16:00

Abuja - A former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) will be arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja for allegedly being in possession of firearms without license, Punch reports.

The Department of State Security Service had, in a statement said that it had charged Dasuki with possession of firearms without licence, an offence punishable under section 27(I)(a)(I) of the Firearms Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, based on evidence so far obtained.

The Service had on July 16, carried out a search operation on properties belonging to Dasuki in Abuja and Sokoto.

Also read: DSS charges former NSA to court

The search, necessitated by credible intelligence which linked him to acts capable of undermining national security, led to the recovery of large cache of arms and ammunition.

The statement said that following the discovery, he was charged to court based on evidence so far obtained.

The agency also said that it recovered 12 new vehicles, including five bullet-proof cars from Dasuki’s house.

The trial ought to have commenced last week but it could not start because of the directive of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmmud Mohammed, to various heads of court not to sit throughout the week to enable lawyers and interested judges to participate in the just-concluded one week-long Annual Bar Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Read more at Punch

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