Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Dasuki heads to appellate Court over prolonged detention

The former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki has headed to the court of appeal over his prolonged detention by the Department of State Services.

In an appeal filed by his counsel, Joseph Daudu, the former national security adviser prayed the appellate court to set aside a judgement by the an Abuja High Court that refused to stay proceedings of his trial following his prolonged detention. 

Since December, 2015, Dasuki has been detained by the DSS. His arrest by the security agency came after a court in Abuja had granted him bail from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In his appeal, he also sought the stay of proceedings on his trial pending the obedience of three court orders granting him bail. 

Dasuki said the Abuja high court which refused his earlier application for stay of proceedings of his trial erred in its ruling. He also asked the appeal court to set aside the high court ruling and discharge him of all criminal charges against him. 

A date for hearing of Dasuki’s appeal is yet to be fixed because counsel to the respondent, Rotimi Jacobs told the appeal court judges that the appellant’s notice was served on his team last week. 

Jacobs said court practice permits a respondent 10 days to file his brief for argument on the matter. 

He asked the three-member judges led by Justice Aboki to adjourn hearing for him to prepare his brief. 

To the respondent’s request, the court adjourned the matter to allow all parties involved to file all processes relevant to the matter.

Source- Naij.com

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