Court Declines Dasuki’s Request For ‘Amicus Curiae’ In His Trial

Alleged Illegal Arms Possession: No Bail No Trial, Dasuki Tells Court
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A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama, Abuja, has refused to grant the prayers of former National Security Adviser, Retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, seeking the intervention of ‘friends of the Court’ (Amicus Curiae) In his trial.

An Amicus Curiae is a person who may not have been hired by a party in the case but is considered impartial to offer advice or information in a case.

Colonel Dasuki who says he is not satisfied with the manner his trial has gone in the last three years, particularly the refusal of the Federal Government (prosecution) to obey orders of courts regarding his bail, had applied for a leave of the Court to call Amicus Curiae to intervene.

But in a ruling on Tuesday, presiding Judge, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf, declined Dasuki’s request on the grounds that the application did not meet with the conditions for the order of Amicus Curiae sought.

Consequently, he dismissed the application for lacking in merit.

Colonel Dasuki’s lawyer, Adeola Adedipe informed the court that on January 9, 2019, he had filed a motion seeking leave of court to call for stakeholders in law to intervene in the matter.

“An unusual situation calls for an unusual condition,” he said.

Citing section 1 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, (ACJA) 2015, Adedipe further explained that the Amicus Curiae would enable all to have a robust deliberation.

Eminent Senior Advocates of Nigeria to make up for the Amicus Curiae, according to him are Femi Falana, Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu and Olisa Agbakoba.

Meanwhile, in a sister suit, Justice Baba-Yusuf has fixed February 27 for ruling in the application by Dasuki asking for an indefinite adjournment pending when the judgment of Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a Federal High Court Abuja on July 2, 2018, is complied with.

Defendants in the suit are Dasuki, a former NNPC Executive Director, Aminu Baba-Kusa, and two firms — Acacia Holdings and Reliance Referral Hospital.

They were arraigned on 32 counts bordering on criminal breach of trust, misappropriation and dishonest release and receiving of various sums of money to the tune of N33.3 billion.

ASUP Urges President Buhari To Probe Education Sector

asup The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has urged the President to probe the funding of the education sector at all levels, stating that corruption, misappropriation and embezzlement of funds have been the major issue militating against the growth of the sector.

Speaking at an event organized by the Nekede Polytechnic Chapter of ASUP in Owerri, Imo State Capital, the National President of the Union, Comrade Chibuzor Asomuga, said the union totally supports the present crusade of federal government’s war against corruption.

Comrade Asomuga urged President Buhari to pay more attention to the education sector.

He added that the government needs to do a reappraisal of funding of institutions at every level and track how the funds have been utilized.

Also speaking on the agreement between ASUP and the Federal Government, Mr Asomuga said the former administration failed in achieving any of their  agreement, after many promises that made them call off the over 12 months strike in all the polytechnics last year.

He however urged the present government of President Buhari to be more sensitive to the agitations and plights of the union.

Misappropriation Case Against Gbenga Daniel Adjourned Till July

Further hearing on the alleged financial misappropriation  levelled against the former governor of Ogun state; Gbenga Daniel, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been stalled and adjourned till July. 

The case was stalled, because of another case in the Appeal Court in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, seeking to determine the stay of execution on count 1 to 13 of the 30th count charge against the former governor sought by the defense counsel.

It will be recalled that on the 11th of April, the defense counsel had approached the appellant court in Ibadan to challenge count 1 to 13, saying that it bothered on allegation of illegal conversion of state landed property which had been presided over by the land commission of inquiry, set up by the Ogun state government.

Ruling on the application for an adjournment asked by defense counsel led by Mrs Titilola Okanlawon, the presiding judge, Justice Olanrewaju Mabekoje of state high court four  however adjourned sitting till 5th and 11th of July.