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Ex-NSA, Dasuki, Protest Planned Secret Trial

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Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) has protested plans by the Federal Government to try him in camera.

His protest is on the heels fresh charges of illegal possession of foreign and local currencies said to have found in the houses of the ex-NSA by the Federal Government.

Justice Ademola Adeniyi of the Federal High Court Six, sitting in Abuja, expressed surprise at the resumed hearing by the decision of prosecution counsel to bring additional charges against immediate past NSA on a day set aside for definite hearing on the one count charge preferred against him.

Dasuki was arraigned on September 1 this year, allegedly for unlawful possession of firearms without a licence, which he pleaded not guilty.

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At the hearing, Justice Ademola 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 to October 26 and 27 for the hearing.

When the court sat today (October 26, 2015) however, M.S. Labaran, appearing for the prosecution announced instead that the one count charge was now being expanded to include additional charges bothering illegal possession of various amounts of local and foreign currency in his Abuja residence and family house in Sokoto contrary to Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011.

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He also requested that the trial be conducted in secrecy by providing special cover for witnesses from using public routes; use of private witness room; use of facial masks; and also that only accredited members of the press be allowed to cover the trial.