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Reprieve for Dasuki in arms deal probe

05 October 2016, 21:34

Abuja - The government has agreed to consolidate the criminal charges filed against former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki, and others in the US$2,1 billion arms deal scandal.

The charges had been before two different High Courts of the Federal Capital Territory Judiciary, which led to complaints by the former NSA that putting him on trial in two different courts on the same issues would prejudice and cause double jeopardy.

At the resumption of the trial on Wednesday, the counsel to the Federal Government, Rotimi Jacob, and Dasuki’s, Joseph Daudu agreed before Justice Baba Yusuf to formally write the chief judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Justice Ishaq Bello, to consolidate the two charges.

They agreed this would be in the interest of justice.

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The matter has been adjourned to October 21.

Dasuki is the chief suspect in the alleged abuse of funds meant to procure weapons for the military in its fight against the Boko Haram.

He has been in detention since December following his arrest by the Directorate of State Services.

Dasuki has been put on trial before Justice Baba Yusuf and another charge was filed against him before Justice Peter Affem both of the FCT High Court on the same issue and subject. 





- CAJ News


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