Court Sustains Dasuki’s Trial Despite Refusal to Appear in Court

Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Monday said it would proceed with the trial of former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) in absentia. 

Dasuki is being tried for illegal possession of firearms and money laundering.

Dasuki had through his counsel last Tuesday, filled a letter to the court that he would not honour court’s call up to any hearing until the federal government obeys the verdict of the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States which granted him bail.

In his letter titled, ‘Unabated persecution of Col. Mohammed Sambo (retd) by the Federal Government of Nigeria,’ the colonel denounced the federal government’s denial of his bail as a barefaced violation of court process.

However, on Monday, Justice Mohammed, held that there were constitutional provisions that allow a criminal case to go on even if the defendant refuses to make himself available for trial.

He subsequently adjourned till December 11, for continuation of trial with or without the defendant in court.

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