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Dasuki appeals for consolidation of charges

06 June 2016, 20:13

Abuja - The former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, said the charges the Federal Government has brought against him constitute a gross abuse of court process.

He has thus asked an Abuja High Court to consolidate the two criminal charges bordering on alleged corruption and breach of trust.

Dasuki is standing trial on allegations of alleged misappropriation of $2,1 billion, meant for the procurement of arms, before Justice Baba Yusuf.

He claimed that the two charges revolved around the same set of transactions and facts on the alleged funds misappropriation and the breach of trust.

Also read: Dasuki refuses to appear in court

Dasuki claimed 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 were 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.

He further argued 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 would be prejudicial.

Dasuki prayed that is name be struck out from one of the two charges in the interest of justice.

However, counsel to Federal Government, Mr. Rotimi Jacob (SAN) objected to the motion on the ground that it was a ploy to frustrate and delay trial and urged Justice Baba Yusuf to proceed with the trial.

Yusuf has adjourned the case to June 15 for hearing. 



- CAJ News


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