The trial on corruption charges of the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd) before the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja was stalled as the Federal Government failed to produce him before the court on Tuesday, May 3.
In spite of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), presenting its witnesses before the Justice Baba Yusuf-led court, the trial could not continue as the ex-NSA did not show up in court following the failure of the FG, via its agency, the Department of State Security (DSS) to release him to the anti-graft agency.
As the trial resumed today, the counsel to the EFCC, Mr Oluwaleke Atolagbe informed the court that several attempts had been made to contact the DSS to produce Dasuki in court, but the efforts proved abortive.
Atolagbe also told the court that there was no indication that Dasuki would be produced by the DSS, but pleaded with the court to stand down until Jacobs would be present to give more knowledge about the defendant’s absence.
However, Counsel to Salisu Shuaib, a former Director of Finance ONSA, Akin Olujimi, SAN, told the court that the prosecution had failed to produce the defendant in court and ought to admit that and ask for an adjournment.
In his ruling, Justice Baba Yusuf said that it was the responsibility of the prosecution to produce the defendant in court as required by law, but regretted that the prosecution has unfortunately abdicated this responsibility today as far as this case is concerned.
However, the Judge said, because the conduct of the prosecution had been good in the past, he granted an adjournment of the trial till May 23, 2016.