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Court dismisses Dasuki’s application to stop trial

08 February 2016, 15:57

Abuja - A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja on Monday dismissed an application by former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki seeking to stop his trial on the charges of diversion of N32bn arms fund.

Dasuki had in his application urged the court to prohibit the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from prosecuting him over an alleged brazen disobedience of the orders of the court granting him bail.

Also read: Dasuki appeals to Buhari to allow him 'enjoy' bail

The court in his ruling on Dassuki’s application on Monday said the EFCC was not the agency that re-arrested Dasuki following his bail. 

Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf noted that since it has been established that Dasuki was being held by the Department of State Service, which is a stranger in the case, the EFCC which is prosecuting Dasuki and his co-accused could not be said to have violated the bail order.

Justice Yusuf advised Dasuki to file an application for fundamental rights enforcement against the DSS.

After the ruling, the prosecuting counsel, Oluwaleke Atolagbe, requested the judge to fix a date for the commencement of the trial.

Dasuki’s lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN), however, urged the court to give ‎a date long enough to enable his team tackle the issue of the stranger.

The judge subsequently adjourned till March 23 for trial.

- News 24


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