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Court Refuses Dasuki’s Request To Quash Charges

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Court refuses application by Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd) seeking to quash the charges against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for disobeying a court order granting him bail.

The trail judge, Justice Peter Affem, held that contrary to the application by Colonel Dasuki, it was the Department of State Services (DSS), which was not a party in the suit that arrested Colonel Dasuki and not the EFCC.

He agreed with the anti-graft agency that it had not flouted any part of the orders releasing the former National Security Adviser (NSA) on bail.

Justice Affem also held that even though the EFCC and the DSS were Agencies of the Federal Government, the action of one agency could not count for that of the other.

“They were set up under separate laws and have separate responsibilities in ensuring law and order in the country,” he stressed.

“To this end, the application fails in its entity.”

The Judge also rejected the prayer by the former NSA to in the alternative “stay proceedings in the trial, pending when the Department of State Services complies with the order of the court which released him on bail, on the grounds that stay of proceedings are ordered only as a matter of law and not procedures”.

The trial has been adjourned to April 20.

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