Double jeopardy: Dasuki begs court to merge his charges

Embattled former National Security Adviser, Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki, on Monday, prayed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to consolidate the criminal charges brought against him.

Dasuki, who is facing two criminal charges of corruption and breach of trust, has been granted bail by three different high courts but has remained in government custody since 2015.

The former NSA in a petition filed by his lawyer, Joseph Daudu, said his trial in two different courts for the same accusation is unconstitutional and prejudicial to him, noting that the process constituted a gross abuse of court process.

Citing sections 6 and 36 of the 1999 Constitution and Section 1, 208, 396, 491 and 492 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, Dasuki said that the charges preferred against him were identical and revolved around the same transaction.

Dasuki urged the court to consolidate the charges in the interest of justice and fair trial to avoid double jeopardy.

The motion was adjourned till June 15, 2016 for further hearing.

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