The trial of ex-National Security Adviser (NSA), Rtd. Col Sambo Dasuki, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, was on Wednesday stalled due the absence of the defendant’s counsel, Mr Joseph Dauda (SAN). Justice Ahmed Mohammed adjourned the trial until February 8, following the application presented to the court by Mr Adedipe Adiola. The application which did not state the reason Daudu would be away from the trial was objected to by the Prosecution Counsel, Mr Mr Oladipo Okpeseyi (SAN).
According to Okpeseyi, the lead defendant counsel’s action was simply meant to delay the trial. Dasuki is standing trial on allegation bordering illegal possession of firearms and money laundering.
The Federal Government said he had illegally stored five Tavor X95 assault rifles with numbers 45801168, 45801169, 45801175, 45801176 and 4801199. Other items allegedly found in residences in Abuja and Sokoto included ammunition and cash sums running into millions of naira. The ex-NSA had pleaded not guilty to the allegations.