Guardian / Nigeria: A former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has urged the Supreme Court to grant him accelerated hearing in his two pending appeals for bail.
In a plea letter to the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, he claimed that his two appeal cases for bail were filed in compliance with the Supreme Court practice directions in August and had since been pending for hearing.
In the letter by his lead counsel, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), dated November 30 and received by the apex judicial arm on December 6, Dasuki asked the court to exercise its discretion in his favour by granting quick determination of the two appeals because of their peculiar nature.
Daudu in the letter recalled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned his client on charges of breach of trust, criminal misappropriation and sundry offences before two high courts of the Federal Capital Territory between September and December last year.
The counsel claimed that following a ‘not guilty plea’ by his client, the two courts granted him bail and the conditions perfected by the appellant.
The letter further explained that no sooner had Dasuki perfected his bail conditions than the DSS operatives swooped on him and abducted him at the Kuje Prison gate and have since kept him in detention without trial at an unknown location.
Meanwhile, Justice Hakeem Oshodi of a Lagos High Court in Ikeja has granted the applications filed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Godwin Obla and Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia asking for variations of their bail conditions.
The judge in a ruling after listening to the arguments from their lawyers held that he had no choice than to exercise his discretionary powers in favour of the duo in view of the fact that the EFCC did not raise any objection to the applications.