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Dasuki Seeks Indefinite Suspension Of Trial

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Former national security adviser, Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has filed an application seeking the indefinite suspension of his trial pending when the federal government would obey orders of the courts of competent jurisdiction which granted him bail.

Following Dasuki’s refusal to appear before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, for his trial over allegations of money laundering and illegal possession of firearms, the court in November 19, granted an order that the defendant be prosecuted in absentia.

However, the scheduled definite hearing was stalled due to an application filed by Adeola Adedipe on behalf of the former NSA.

The application was brought pursuant to Sections 1(1) & (2), 104, 105, 106, 159(2), 268, 491 & 492(3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015; and Sections 6(6), 35, 16, 37, 41, 42, 105  & 174 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

In the application dated December 10,  Dasuki prayed the court for an order to adjourn sine die his trial and or further trial, pending compliance by the complainant with the court’s judgment (per Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu] of 2nd July, 2018, in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/263/2018 between Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and DG SSS & 2 ORS.

Dasuki also asked the court to make an order directing the lead counsel for the complainant (Oladipo Okpeseyi, SAN) to produce and submit to the court, the direction of the attorney- general of the federation on the court’s judgment (per Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu) of 2nd  July, 2018, in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/263/2018 between Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki and DG SSS & 2 ORS.

In his response, Okpeseyi told the court that even though he was served with the defendant’s application in court; it would still not affect the slated definite hearing because the motion was not ripe for hearing.

In a bench ruling, Justice Mohammed admitted that it was correct to say that the matter was adjourned for definite hearing as well as correct to say that the defendant’s application was not ripe for hearing.

However, the court held that if it continues to hear the matter, it then means that the court had automatically heard and rejected the application.

More so, Justice Mohammed noted that issues raised by the defendant are threshold.

Consequently, the court fixed January 9, 2019 for hearing of Dasuki’s application.


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