Dasuki’s trial gets a surprising new twist

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The Chief Judge of the Abuja High Court, Justice Ishaq Bello, has intervened in the ongoing trial of Dasuki Sambo.

Justice Ishaq directed that one of the two judges handling two separate trials of Sambo Dasuki should hands off the case.

Justice Baba Yusuf of Court No 4 and Justice Peter Affen of Court No 24 of the high court were trying Dasuki on two separate but related charges.

The two charges involved alleged $2.1 billion fraud, money laundering and breach of trust.

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By the directive, Justice Affen will hands off the case leaving only Justice Yusuf to handle the two charges.

The decision to allow only one judge to handle the two trials was at the instance of the parties.

The Chief Judge directed that the charges handled by Justice Affen be immediately transferred to Justice Yusuf.

The prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs SAN, who confirmed this development, said it was the result of several hours of negotiation among the parties.

Jacobs told newsmen at the court that the lawyers in the matter were worried over the delay the trial had suffered.

The prosecution counsel explained that Justice Affen had already been directed to step aside from the trial.

At the resumption of the trial later yesterday, Justice Baba Yusuf agreed to the streamlining of the trial in one court.

The judge therefore fixed November 16 for the resumption of the case at the instance of the counsel involved in the trial.

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In one of the two sets of charges, Dasuki was charged along with five others before Justice Peter Affen on 22-count charges.

 

Dasuki had claimed that the two charges with NO FCT/HC/CR/43/2015 and FCT/HC/CR/42/2015 were identical charges.

He therefore requested that they be merged into one.