A Federal Capital Territory High Court has set up a three-man panel to resolve the logjam arising from the trial of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in the alleged money laundering charges along with Aminu Baba Kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital.
The three-man panel headed by Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf is to proffer a way forward for the court in the dilemma being encountered by the court in the trial.
Mr Dasuki who had been in detention of the Department of State Security Service, DSS, since December 2015, had written to the Federal High Court that he would no longer appear for trial over Federal Government’s violation of court orders granting him bail.
In the letter sent to the Federal High Court through his legal team, Mr Dasuki made it clear that the Federal Government had lost both moral and legal right to continue to prosecute him having deliberately violated subsisting and valid court orders.
In the strongly worded letter, the former NSA claimed that that FG has proved beyond reasonable doubt it has no respect for the rule of law.
At the resumed trial on Friday, at FCT High Court, counsel to Federal Government, Oluwaleke Atolagbe, informed Justice Baba-Yusuf acknowledged that a fresh motion on notice just filed by the defendant had been served on him.
He, however, said that he needed time to study the direction of the motion and then respond appropriately.
Mr Atolagbe, subsequently, pleaded with the judge to grant him a short adjournment.
Counsel to Mr Dasuki, Victor Okwudili, had admitted that a motion was served on the prosecution and that the motion ought to be decided one way or the other before the trial could continue.
He, however, did not object to the request for an adjournment by the prosecution.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Solomon Umoh, a counsel to the second defendant, Aminu Baba-Kusa, had faulted the claim of the federal government that the former NSA deliberately refused to appear in Court for trial.
The Senior lawyer argued that that the blame for Mr Dasuki’s absence in court should appropriately be shifted to the federal government for using one hand in holding Dasuki in its custody illegally, and at the same time using the second hand beckoning on the same Dasuki to appear in court.
Mr Umoh, therefore, agreed that the issue surrounding Dasuki’s decision not to be in court should first be resolved before the trial could proceed.
Justice Baba Yusuf in his ruling agreed that the issue must be resolved in the interest of justice to both parties.
He, therefore, put in place a three-man panel that would proffer solution for the way forward for the court.
Apart from Justice Baba-Yusuf, who is presiding, others in the panel are Justice Valentine Ashi and Justice Mary-Ann Anenih both of FCT High Court.
Justice Baba Yusuf, therefore, adjourned the matter till February 19, after the Presidential election.