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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

#OnMyRadar: Still On #DasukiGate

An Abuja High Court on Monday dismissed an application for stay of proceeding filed by Joesph Daudu (SAN), the lawyer of retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser. Dasuki is facing trial over the alleged diversion of N13.6 billion meant for the purchase of arms in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency. Dasuki was arraigned alongside Shuaibu Salisu, a former Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA and Aminu Baba-Kusa, a former Executive Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Other defendants in the trial are Acacia Holding Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited. 

Earlier, Dasuki, through Daudu, had filed a motion praying the court to stay further proceeding pending when his client’s liberty is enforced. He also accused the prosecution of disobeying the order of the court by re-arresting his client after he was granted bail and had met his bail conditions. The prosecuting lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), in a 26 paragraphs affidavit and a 14-page written address urged the court not to grant the application.

Jacobs said Dasuki was re-arrested by the Department of State Services on another alleged offence different from the case brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. At the resumed hearing on Monday, Justice Husseni Baba-Yusut in a ruling dismissed the application, saying: “It does not hold any merit.” Baba-Yusuf held that the only issue to be determined was to know whether the applicant, the Federal Government, disobeyed the Court’s order. He went further to hold that a court order was said to be disobeyed if such order was directed to that person in question. The Judge said that although the court granted bail to Dasuki, it did not order that he should not be re-arrested on the basis of another allegation.

Baba-Yusuf then adjourned till March 23 for hearing and for the trial to continue. Therefore, Colonel Dasuki is still occupying his flat at Kuje prison in Abuja.

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