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October 26, 2015 ( Post 1 )

The trial of the former national security adviser, Col. Dasuki Sambo resumes Monday, October 26 at the Federal High Court Abuja.
Dasuki’s trial at the Federal High Court today
took another dimension as the federal government added a charge bothering on money laundering.


Col. Sambo Dasuki at the Federal High Court
Abuja
The prosecution counsel, Shuaib Labaran, filed
the fresh charge against Dasuki and also prayed
the court to grant his request for a secret trial as
well as masking the witnesses brought by the
Department of State Services (DSS), among others.
According to the report, Labaran also accused
the former NSA of possessing some cash found
in his house. He also asked that the hearing be
open to only accredited journalist.

Col. Sambo Dasuki at the Federal High Court
Abuja
Joseph Daudu (SAN), the defence counsel, in contrary sees the case as harmless. As a result, he vehemently opposed the application arguing against secret trial in a democratic dispensation . Daudu further argued that during military rule,
trial of this nature was held openly. He insisted that in a democratic era, the entrenchment of rule of law will be the greatest casualty if trial of this nature is made in secret.
“After all, the identity of the witnesses which the
prosecution sought to hide is already in the public
domain. Therefore the prosecution seem to be
urging the court to embark
on mere academic
exercise.”

Former national security adviser Col.Sambo
Dasuki, his counsel Ahmed Raji, former
governor of Sokoto state Alhaji Attahiru
Baffarawa at the Federal High Court Abuja
“We consider the trial as
harmless to the witnesses. If
you make the witnesses
anonymous then we may
lack the ability to conduct
background checks. Even
trial of treasonable felony
and coup d’tat the
witnesses are not hidden
and we are in a
democracy.”
“Also for the fact that
there has not been cases
in this court where
witnesses are being
molested and in this case,
it will be a case of
injustice if the defence
counsel and witnesses are
known and the prosecution
witnesses who are armed
and can protect
themselves are shielded. I
think all the motions and
counter-affidavit have
been charged and this is
purely an academic
exercise.” he argued.
The defence counsel also asked the court to
release the travel documents of the accused to
enable him travel abroad for medical check-up.
The former president of the Nigeria Bar Association said his client was scheduled to travel for medical treatment a day before his
arrest.
However, the prosecuting counsel requested for
adjournment to enable his team react to the
motion for release of Dasuki’s travel documents.
Dasuki was granted bail on self-recognizance
while the presiding Judge, Justice Adeniyi
Ademola, fixed Wednesday, October 28, 2015,
for ruling. For the past two months, Dasuki’s trial has been a subject of discussion. He is alleged of being in possession of ammunition without the requisite licence.
On September 1 , prosecution counsel had told
the court that Dasuki was charged with the
unlawful possession of firearms without a
licence which Dasuki pleaded not guilty.
Justice Ademola then granted Dasuki bail on
self-recognition but ordered that his passport and
other travel documents be deposited with the
deputy court registrar while the case was
adjourned till October 26 and 27 for the hearing.
Additional reports by Nnenna Ibeh


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