A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has on Tuesday dismissed an application filed by the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd), to halt the charges levelled against him by the Federal Government with connection to the $2.1 billion arms deal scandal.
In his ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, held that the application lacked merit, adding that Dasuki’s trial must continue.
Today’s ruling is the third after two previous rulings of two other judges of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, dismissing similar applications which was filed by Dasuki in respect of two sets of separate charges preferred against him before the judges.
The judge held that Dasuki did not follow the proper process of filing a contempt charge against the federal government, adding that it was out of place for a defendant in a suit to ask that charges against him be dropped for no reasons.
In a separate ruling today, Justice Ademola dismissed a separate application by the Federal Government seeking protection of its 11 listed witnesses whom it said were afraid of appearing to testify in the case for fear of reprisal.
The court also ordered the Federal Government to allow former NSA access to his lawyers and family.
The Court fixed May 3, 2016 for Dasuki’s trial.