The Federal Government has been ordered to produce the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (retd), in court on February 16 by Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday. The judge made the order with respect to the charges of money laundering and illegal possession of firearms preferred against Dasuki by the Federal Government.
The four counts preferred against the former NSA before Justice Ademola are unrelated to the two separate sets of charges bordering on alleged diversion of arms funds pending against Dasuki and others before two judges of the Federal Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja.
Dasuki was re-arrested earlier this month by the operatives of the Department of State Service shortly after he was released from Kuje Prison upon fulfilling the conditions of bail earlier granted him in December 2015 by Justice Yusuf Baba of the FCT High Court in Maitama.
On Wednesday, Justice Ademola made the order for the production of the accused person in court after both the prosecution and the defence lawyers withdrew various interlocutory applications they had earlier filed.
The judge adjourned the matter till February 16 for commencement of trial, restating his order that the accused must be produced in court. He also said that he would deliver his pending ruling on the prosecution’s application for witness protection before proceeding to trial on February 16.
He fixed additional trial date for February 17.