Dasuki rejects government request for secret trial

 former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki

former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki

EMEKA OKONKWO
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – FORMER National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, has appealed to the Federal High Court in Abuja, to dismiss fresh requests by government for a secret trial in his probe for alleged unlawful possession of firearms and money laundering.
Government insists the court must protect the witnesses by not allowing their names and addresses to be made public in the course of the trial.
Dasuki on Tuesday, in a counter-affidavit filed by his lead counsel, Ahmed Raji, argued there was no justification for the government to have brought the motion for secret trial for the second time, having lost in the first motion.
He pointed out the Federal High Court dismissed the request on the grounds that the witnesses were already known to the public and their names had circulated through the internet.
Dasuki argued bringing the same motion to the same court constituted a gross abuse of court process.
Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed has fixed hearing of the motion for March 1.
Department of the State Security Services arrested Dasuki in December 2015 for alleged theft of US$2 billion meant for procurement of weapons for the military and illegal possession of firearms.
He remains in custody despite court orders for his release.
CAJ News

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