Legal Nigeria

Court rejects FG’s request to compel Dasuki’s appearance in court

A Federal High Court yesterday in Abuja dismissed an application of the Federal Government seeking to compel the presence of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Mohammed Dasuki in court throughout the duration of his trial.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has appealed against the ruling of the trial court granting the release of Dasuku’s travel documents to enable him seek medical attention abroad.
The application was filed and argued by the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation (DPPF), Mr. Mohammed Diri, who contended that Dasuki was wrong in law by staying away from court on three consecutive occasions when the case against him came up in court.
Diri cited section 266 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 as a law that makes presence of Dasuki mandatory in court at all times.
But, delivering ruling in the application, Justice Adeniyi Ademola dismissed it as being frivolous, unwarranted and lacking in merit.
Justice Ademola agreed with Dasuki’s counsel, Mr. Joseph Daudu SAN that the law was turned upside down by the Federal Government’s counsel for no just cause.
The Sun