retired Col. Sambo Dasuki
The trial of former National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Col. Sambo Dasuki on allegation of diversion of funds for arms procurement has been fixed for May 3.
Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of an FCT High Court also directed the federal government to grant Dasuki’s lawyers access to him in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
“Prosecution is directed to provide facilities for the defendant to have access to his lawyers during business hours Monday to Friday,” he ruled.
The orders followed an application by defence counsels Joseph Daudu (SAN) and Ahmed Raji (SAN) to halt the proceedings pending the conclusion of Dasuki’s appeal at the Appeal Court in Abuja challenging the continuing trial despite disobeying three orders of separate courts granting him bail.
The lawyers also informed the court that the DSS had refused them access to the defendant in detention.
But prosecution counsel, Adebisi Adeniyi, objected to the application for stay of proceedings on the grounds it was illegal under the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
He told the court that nobody had approached the DSS to see Dasuki and was refused and asked the court to dismiss the applications.
Dasuki is facing a 19-count charge of conspiracy and criminal breach of trust worth $2.1 billion alongside Salisu Shuaibu, a former finance director in his office, Aminu Baba-Kusa, a former Group Executive Director NNPC, Acacia Holdings Ltd and Reliance Hospital Ltd.