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