Following Nigeria’s former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki’s absence in court over allegations of criminal breach of trust and money laundering, an Abuja High Court has ordered the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) to take drastic actions.
The presiding judge, Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf, on Monday, ordered the DSS to produce Dasuki in court for his trial.
The former NSA boss, who was not in court at the resumed hearing, was charged alongside a former General Executive Director at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Baba Kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited, and Reliance Referral Hospital.
The prosecuting counsel, Oluwaleke Atolagbe, told the court that while Dasuki, who is the first defendant, was not in court, the prosecution was in court with witnesses that came from Port Harcourt.
Dasuki’s counsel, Victor Okwudiri, expressed surprise that the prosecution wanted an explanation from the defence on the whereabouts of Dasuki, who he said was in the custody of the government against the orders of the court.
In his response, Atolagbe said: “The EFCC cannot produce the first defendant (Dasuki) because he is not in our custody,” According to him, the trial court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court have all ruled that Dasuki was in the custody of the DSS.
He, therefore, urged the court to issue a production warrant on the DSS to produce Dasuki on the next adjourned date, May 24.
“It appears the prosecution has failed to do so and did not provide any explanation for failing to do so. Hence, I will issue a production warrant on the Director General of DSS to ensure the presence of the first defendant (Dasuki) in court on the next adjourned date,” Justice Baba-Yusuf held.