Court orders Nigerian govt. to allow ex-NSA, Sambo Dasuki, access to his lawyers
An Abuja High Court has ordered the Federal Government to allow former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), access to his lawyer during working hours to enable him defend himself in the charges brought against him by the government.
Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf gave the order following the application by Dasuki’s lead counsel, Joesph Daudu (SAN), that they had no access to him.
Daudu had told the court that because they had no access to him, they could not get enough information for his defence.
Dasuki; Shuaibu Salisu, former Director of Finance, Office of the National Security Adviser; and Aminu Baba-Kusa, former Executive Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, were arraigned for diversion of N13.6 billion meant for purchase arms.
The others were Acacia Holding Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited.
At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, Adebisi Adeniyi, who held the brief for the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), informed the court that they were ready with their witnesses.
Daudu objected and applied for a long adjournment because the defence had no access to Dasuki and had an application before the Court of Appeal.
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