Ex-security boss avoiding trial - Nigerian govt

2016-02-17 13:10
Nigeria's former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki attends a hearing to face charges of possessing weapons illegally, at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria. (AP Photo file)

Nigeria's former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki attends a hearing to face charges of possessing weapons illegally, at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria. (AP Photo file)

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Abuja - The Nigerian government has accused the country's former National Security Advisor (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, of avoiding trial to hide the spectrum of crimes that he allegedly orchestrated during his tenure, Punch reports.

This comes as the investigation into the case involving the diversion of funds amounting to $2.1bn intensifies. 

The funds were meant to have been used towards the procurement of arms in the country's fight against Islamist group Boko Haram.

Dasuki has made several attempts to have his trial discontinued, with the latest being an application filed with a Federal High Court on the grounds that government had shown "brazen" disobedience oo a series of court orders granting him bail.

In a counter-affidavit to Dasuki's application, the Department of State Service (DSS) denied the allegation, saying Dasuki was re-arrested due to "multiple criminal cases" pending against him.

According to a previous News24 report, Dasuki, remains in custody.

He has also been charged with unlawful possession of firearms and money laundering. Dasuki has claimed innocence on all counts.

The court has since granted his request for an adjournment and has directed the federal government to file its final reply within seven days.

In addition, the prosecution has been ordered to produce Dasuki in court at the next sitting and subsequent ones, with his trial having been adjourned to March 3.

Read more on:    dss  |  sambo dasuki  |  nigeria  |  corruption  |  arms scandal  |  dasukigate

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