The trial of the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retired) over allegations of illegal possession of arms was yesterday stalled, following the filing of a preliminary objection by the counsel to Colonel Dasuki, challenging the application by the federal government to revoke the bail granted to him (NSA).
When the case came up yesterday, counsel to the federal government, Mr. Oladipo Okpeseyi, a senior advocate, told the court that he has two applications seeking to revoke the bail earlier granted to the accused person by the court and another application seeking to stop the further execution of the order of the court directing that the passport of the accused person be released to him.
He told the court that he is constrained in moving the application as he was served with the defendants objection in court and needed time to respond to the preliminary objection filed by the Lawyer to Colonel Dasuki. He subsequently applied for an adjournment.
Dasuki’s lawyer, Chief Joseph Daudu (SAN) , did not oppose the application for adjournment saying the Prosecutor is entitled to adequate time to enable him respond to the objections raised by him.
With the consent of lawyers, Justice Adeniyi Ademola adjourned the trial to January 20, 2016 for the hearing of the preliminary objection and other pending applications.
Dasuki is facing trial before the court for illegal possession of firearms.
He pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him by the federal government and was subsequently granted bail by the court.
He was also granted permission to travel abroad medical treatment by the court but was prevented by security agencies on the ground that he may not return to the country to face his trial.