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Dasuki trial: Absence of counsel stalls session

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The trial of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Rtd. Col Sambo Dasuki, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, was on Wednesday stalled due to the absence of the defendant’s counsel, Mr. Joseph Dauda.

Dasuki is standing trial on allegations of illegal possession of firearms and money laundering.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed went ahead to adjourn the trial until February 8 for the trial following the application presented to the court by Mr. Adedipe Adiola.

The application, which did not state the reason Daudu would be away from the trial, was however objected to by the prosecution counsel, Mr. Mr Oladipo Okpeseyi.

According to Okpeseyi, the lead defendant counsel’s action was meant to delay the trial.

He said it was unthinkable for the counsel not to clearly state the reason why he would be away from the court.

The case, which was originally filed in 2015, was initially being entertained by former Justice Adeniyi Ademola until October 2016, NAN reports.

The Federal Government has accused Dasuki to have illegally stored five Tavor X95 assault rifles with numbers 45801168, 45801169, 45801175, 45801176 and 4801199.

The other items allegedly found in the residences of the accused former adviser in Abuja and Sokoto included ammunition and cash sums running into millions of naira.

Dasuki had pleaded not guilty to the criminal indictments.

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