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Court Overrules Dasuki’s Request To Stay Trial Proceedings

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[caption id="attachment_5997" align="alignnone" width="680"]Colonel Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA)[/caption]

A Federal High Court in Abuja, has dismissed the application of a former national security adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, to stop his trial pending his release by the federal government.

In his ruling, the trial judge, Justice Peter Affem, held that contrary to the application by Colonel Dasuki, it was the Department of State Services (DSS), which was not a party in the suit that arrested Colonel Dasuki and not the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as alleged.

According to him, the anti-graft agency did not defy any part of the orders releasing the former National Security Adviser (NSA) on bail.

Justice Affem also held that even though the EFCC and the DSS were Agencies of the Federal Government, the action of one agency could not count for that of the other.

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“They were set up under separate laws and have separate responsibilities in ensuring law and order in the country.

“To this end, the application fails in its entity,” Justice Affem ruled.

Justice Affen adjourned the matter to April 20 and 22 for commencement of trial.

Dasuki is being charged with a four counts of money laundering and illegal possession of firearms.