Dasuki withdraws protest application against FG

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Former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki, has withdrawn his two applications filed in protest against his continued detention by the Federal Government.

Dasuki through his counsel, Olukayode Ariwoola withdrew the application stating that they have been overtaken by the event of the release of his client.

“My lord, we have two pending applications before this court. One is dated Dec. 11, 2018 and the other is dated Jan. 8, 2019.

“The two applications have been overtaken by event because our client was released on Dec. 24, 2019.

“In the circumstance, we apply to withdraw the applications,” he said.

Responding, the prosecution counsel, Dipo Okpeseyi, SAN, said he had no objection to the request to have the applications withdrawn.

The judge subsequently struck out the applications and adjourned till March 11 and 12 for continuation of trial.

Dasuki, in the application filed on Dec. 11, 2018, had sought an order to adjourn sine die (indefinitely) his trial and/or further trial in the case pending compliance by the AGF with the court’s judgment delivered by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on July 2, 2018.

Also, in the other application filed on Jan. 8, 2019, Dasuki had urged Justice Mohammed to invite some senior lawyers, including the current and two past presidents of the Nigerian Bar Association, to address issues relating to his detention.

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The former NSA faces two separate sets of charges of alleged diversion of funds earmarked for procurement of arms meant for fighting Boko Haram in the North East pending against him at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja.

However, none of the two other cases had come up since Dec. 24, 2019, when he was released from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

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