Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasiki (rdt) has filed a fresh application before a Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking to stop his criminal trial before Justice Adeniyi Ademola.
The Federal Government had arraigned Dasuki on charges of unlawful possession of fire arms, breach of trust and money laundering.
At the resumed hearing yesterday, the Prosecution Counsel, Dipo Okpeseyi (SAN) informed the court that the matter was slated for trial and the prosecution was ready.
But in strong opposition to the prosecution counsel’s submission, Dasuki’s lawyer, Joseph Daudu (SAN), told the court that his client was not ready for trial following his prolonged detention by operatives of the Department for State Services (DSS).
Daudu submitted before the court that the defendant enjoys the constitutional right to be given adequate time and facility to prepare for his defence.
“The conduct of the prosecution in this matter has made us not to enjoy any of these constitutional rights.
“The worst is that for about seven weeks now, we don’t have access to the accused person except when he is produced in court.
“This attitude constitutes serious attack on the rule of law,” Daudu declared.
Subsequently, Daudu urged the court to adjourn the suit to enable him reply to the counter-affidavit filed by prosecution in response to Dasuki’s application to quash the charges despite subsisting court orders admitting the defendant to bail.
However, in his response to Daudu’s submissions, Ikpeseyi averred that Dasuki’s trial is of national and international importance, adding that in compliance with the spirit of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, there was no need for an adjournment.