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Arms Deal: Dasuki Suffers Huge Setback in Court Trial...See Details

Arms Deal: Dasuki Suffers Huge Setback in Court Trial...See Details

Sambo Dasuki
Embattled former NSA, Sambo Dasuki who is standing trial over allegations of diverting security funds in the tune of $2.1 billion for his private use has suffered a significant blow in court.

Another judge of a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja, Justice Peter Affen, on Friday ruled that the continued detention of the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), did not violate his order granting the ex-NSA bail on December 21, 2015, according to the Punch.

The judge dismissed the application by Dasuki seeking to stop his trial for alleged diversion of N19bn arms funds on the grounds that his re-arrest on December 29, 2015 violated the order of the court granting him bail.

Justice Affen ruled that the application lacked merit and ordered that the trial of the ex-NSA, who was charged along with others, must continue.

The judge fixed April 20 and 22, April for trial. Earlier, Justice Baba Yusuf of the same court had also on February 8 made similar declaration that the detention of the former NSA was in not in breach of his order granting bail to him on December 18, 2015.

The judge had fixed March 23 for commencement of trial. Dasuki had also filed separate applications before the two judges asking for orders prohibiting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from further prosecuting him on the two separate sets of charges pending before the judges.

Among his other prayers anchored on alleged violation of the orders of the court by the EFCC, Dasuki prayed the court for an order discharging him of the alleged crime or alternatively staying proceedings.

Meanwhile, Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja had on Thursday fixed April 4 for ruling on similar application filed by Dasuki to stop his trial on four counts of money laundering and illegal possession of firearms.

Dasuki was re-arrested by operatives of the Department of State Service on December 29, 2015 shortly after he was released from Kuje prison upon fulfilling the bail conditions imposed on him by the two judges of the FCT High Court in Maitama.

Justice Affen ruled on Friday, that since it was clear that the ex-NSA was not re-arrested by the EFCC but by the Department of State Service, the EFCC could not be said to have violated the said order granting him bail.

The judge ruled that though the EFCC and the DSS were both federal agencies, the wrongdoing of one could not be blamed on th order.

He also ruled that the order granting bail to the defendant did not preclude him from being re-arrested by other agencies of the Federal Government in respect of other alleged crime.

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