High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT has overruled the federal government in its decision to confine the detained former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), to the premises of the Department of the State Services, DSS, to access and brief his lawyers in the trial of criminal charges on corruption brought against him.
The court ordered that ex-NSA must be allowed to access and brief his lawyers at a neutral place instead of the premises of the DSS headquarters in Abuja, so as to enable him prepare adequately for his defence.
Justice Husain Baba Yusuf, who issued the order in Abuja yesterday, directed that henceforth the detained ex-NSA should be allowed by the DSS operatives to access his lawyers within the premises of the Federal Capital Territory Judiciary headquarters in Maitama, Abuja, between Monday and Friday this week.
The pronouncement of Justice Yusuf followed a complaint by Dasuki’s lawyer, Mr Adeola Adedipe, that Dasuki’s legal team had not been allowed to have direct access to him in spite of a court order made on April 6.
At the resumed hearing of the case, counsel to the federal government, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) had told the judge that the case was slated for commencement of trial and that he was fully ready with his witnesses.
However, Adedipe informed the court that he was not ready for any trial because the ruling of April 6 which ordered the DSS to allow them access their client for briefing, so as to prepare his defence, had not been complied with by the security agency.
The counsel claimed that following the April 6 ruling, a letter by Dasuki’s lead counsel, Mr Joseph Daudu, dated April 13, was dispatched to the DSS requesting for permission to access Dasuki outside the DSS office as contained in the ruling of the court.
To their surprise, Adedipe informed the judge that the prosecution counsel replied on April 18 to the effect that the access to Dasuki would be granted unhindered in a special room at the DSS headquarters.
The counsel insisted that because of the confidentiality required in such a briefing between a client and his lawyer, the DSS letter could not be acted upon, hence the defence was not ready for trial until it had been afforded opportunity to access Dasuki on a neutral ground for proper briefing.

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