#DasukiGate: Effort to Stop Trial Aborted for the Second Time

dasukiThe possibility of nailing some ex-political officials who were connected to the diversion of N32 billion that was supposed to fund an arms deal to help take down Nigeria’s prominent terrorist group; Boko Haram, remains the focus of President Buhari and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The now infamous face of the arms deal, former head of National Security, Col. Sambo Dasuki has tried for a second time to stop his ongoing criminal trial.

Col. Dasuki filed his second application before the Federal High Court seeking the court’s order to proscribe the Federal Government and the EFCC  from exercising any criminal proceedings against him that is until his demands for bail are properly accepted as ordered by law.

He claimed to have been wrongfully prosecuted and accused as the Federal Government and the agencies involved have not obeyed the court order of granting him a bail.

However, the judge in charge of the trial, Justice Peter Affen rejected his request, citing section 221 and 396 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act ( ACJA) which establishes that Dasuki was properly rearrested despite fulfilling his bail agreement. This was also supported by Justice Yusuf Baba of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The court established that the former NSA and any prosecuted individual will remain in custody through the course of the investigation.