Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Dasuki refuses to be brought to court - EFCC

24 March 2016, 06:29

Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) told a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja that former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki refused to be brought to court for his trial on Wednesday.

Being prosecuted with two co-accused over diversion of N32 billion meant for arms procurement, Dasuki revealed that he would not appear in court due to the absence of his senior lawyers, Punch has reported.

The development follows an application made by Dasuki seeking an order to prohibit the EFCC from prosecuting him due to his continued detention. The application was later dismissed and the trial set for March 23 (Wednesday).

According to lead prosecuting counsel Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), Dasuki stated that he would not be appearing in court without his lawyers unless he is "abducted".

Also read: Dasuki approaches ECOWAS to secure freedom

In addition, Jacobs has alleged that Dasuki's lawyers have refused to consult with their client in DSS custody so as to continue using the excuse of lack of access to him to frustrate the case.

“When a defendant is in custody, the counsel should be allowed access to the defendant.

“I asked the DSS whether the lawyers ever made attempt to see him, they said they never did. It is a deliberate plan to frustrate the trial,” said Jacobs.

Counsel who represented Dasuki, however, refuted the claims, with Wale Balogun saying that Dasuki is required to appear in court at the trial and that no application was filed with the court to excuse him from appearing.

The case has since been adjourned to April 6.

Read more at Punch

- News24


Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...