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Supreme Court orders accelerated hearing of Dasuki’s trial, dismisses appeals

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal filed by the immediate past National Security Adviser, Retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki in seeking to compel the Department of State Service to release him from detention.

Sambo DasukiDasuki had earlier challenged the validity of his trial while being detained by the DSS since December 29, 2015, a detention he claimed was ‘unlaw.’

Making pronouncement on the appeal on Friday, Justice Ejembi Eko in a lead judgement dismissed the appeal as lacking in merit.

Justice Ejembi added that “an appeal brought not bonafide but merely to delay a pending action or to gag other prospective actions is clearly an abuse of court.

He further held that “the case is remitted to the learned trial judge, Justice Baba Yusuf of the FCT high court for hearing; with further directive that it shall be given accelerated hearing.”

Justices Dattijo Muhammad, John Okoro Inyang, Centus Nweze and Amina Augie, who were also on the panel unanimously agreed with the lead judgement.

On June 15, 2016, the Court of Appeal dismissed Dasuki’s plea that his trial before Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf of High Court of the Federal Capital Territory be suspended until the DSS obeyed a valid order granted by a court of competent jurisdiction which had granted him bail.

Dissatisfied with the position of the appellate court, the Former NSA headed to the Supreme Court to seek redress.

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