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Arm Deal Saga: Dasuki Asks Courts to Consolidate Charges
Former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, a retired Colonel, wants an Abuja High Court to consolidate the two criminal charges brought against him by the federal government bordering on corruption and breach of trust.
The former NSA in a fresh motion on notice filed by his counsel, Joseph Daudu, SAN, claimed that the trial in two different courts bordering on the same issues and facts is unconstitutional and prejudicial to his right to fair trial by the court.
He claimed that the two charges pending before Justice Baba Yusuf of the High Court No 4 and Justice Peter Affen of High Court No 24 are identical, emanating from the Office of the NSA and therefore should be consolidated in the interest of fair trial.
He told the court that he was not afraid to face trial but that the right thing in law must be done.
“To stand trial before two different courts and two different judges on the same set of facts and purported transaction of the office of the NSA will be prejudicial and great hardship against him as he stands the risk of double jeopardy having being charged in two different courts on the issue,” stated Daudu.
Dasuki asked that his name be struck out from one of the two charges in the interest of justice.
However, counsel to federal government, Rotimi Jacob, SAN, objected to the motion and asked the trial judge to proceed with the trial, saying that the defendant only wants to frustrate and delay trial.
But Daudu prayed the court to decide the motion before trial can continue because fundamental constitutional issues have been raised.
There were no objections from the other defendants in the case and Justice Yusuf adjourned till June 15, 2016 for hearing.
Dasuki, had been granted bail in three different high courts but had been rearrested and kept in custody since late 2015.