A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Federal Government to produce the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki in court on February 16 and 17, 2016 for trial.
Justice Ademola Adeniyi’s order follows the absence of Dasuki at the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday.
The order was made with respect to the four counts charges bordering on alleged diversion of arms funds, money laundering and illegal possession of firearms preferred against Dasuki by the Federal Government.
Justice Adeniyi said, “I am worried that the accused is not here. I do not want to set a bad precedent.
“Except the court gives express order for the defendant not to be in court, the accused must be brought to court from wherever he is. The accused must be here because I am not sure if what I am doing right now in the absence of the accused is not an illegality.
“Government and whoever is concerned must endeavor to do the necessary thing. The accused, having been formally charged in court, must be produced in court for trial on the appointed days in compliance with provisions of the law.”
Counsel to the Federal Government, Oladipo Okpeseyi withdrew an application earlier filed by the government seeking to revoke the bail granted to Col. Dasuki. He however filed an application seeking protection of witnesses against the former NSA.
Lawyer to Dasuki also announced plans to file an application seeking to discharge his client due to the inability of the prosecution to commence trial.
The judge adjourned the trial of the NSA boss till February 16, restating that the accused must be produced in court.