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#DasukiGate: Court Declines Dasuki’s Application Over Prolonged Detention


By Ganiyu Nasirudeen

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed an application filed by the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), which is challenging his prolonged detention and seeking an order for his release.

Col. Dasuki is facing trial on foun count charge -including illegal possession of arms; money laundering; alleged diversion and misappropriation of $2.1 Billion, budgeted for purchase of arms to fight dreaded Boko Haram insurgents in the North East zone.

While ruling Tuesday on the former NSA’s application, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, held that the plaintiff’s application lacked merit.

Still, Justice Ademola dismissed a separate application by the Federal Government (FG) by his prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), which is seeking protection of the 11 listed witnesses ‎who requested to be shielded if they are to appear before the court to testify, due to fear of being attacked.

The jurist hinged his ruling on the account that the FG prosecution, failed to establish the strong reasons for granting his application.

The same application filed by Dasuki has suffered setback twice in different courts, in FCT, Abuja.

It would be recalled Justice Ademola had ealier (last year) ruled that the former NSA’s international passport be released to him, so that he could travel abroad to attend to his impair health.

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