- An Abuja court has rejected an application for Amicu Curiae by a former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki
- The court ruled that Dasuki's application to invites some 'friends of the court' into his trial lacked merit
- According to Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf, the court rejected the request on the grounds that the application did not meet with the conditions for the order of Amicus Curiae sought
A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja on Tuesday, February 19, rejected an application filed by a former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, seeking the intervention of ‘friends of the Court’ (Amicus Curiae) In his trial.
The court in its ruling said it was rejecting the request on the grounds that the application did not meet with the conditions for the order of Amicus Curiae sought.
Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf in his ruling further dismissed the application for lacking merit.
Recall that Dasuki's lawyer, Adeola Adedipe on January 9, 2019, filed a motion seeking leave of court to call for stakeholders in law to intervene in his client's matter.
Adedipe while making the application cited section 1 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, (ACJA) 2015.
He said the application of Amicus Curiae if granted would enable all parties involved in the matter to have a robust deliberation.
He also added that some members of the inner bar who would make up the Amicus Curiae are Femi Falana, Onyechi Ikpeazu and Olisa Agbakoba.
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An Amicus Curiae is a person who may not have been hired by a party in the case but is considered impartial and a friend of the bar who would offer advice or information in a case.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Chief Raymond Dokpesi, a media tycoon in Nigeria, who is the owner of Daar Investment and Holdings Company Limited, told the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, October 19, that he is not the launderer of the N2.1bn as alleged in an ongoing trial but the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki, who paid the funds to him in 2015.
Dokpesi spoke through his lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), while arguing their no-case submission which they filed after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) closed case against him with the 14th prosecution witness in May 2018.
The EFCC had charged Dokpesi and Daar Investment with money laundering and procurement fraud involving the sum of N2.1bn which they allegedly received from the office of the national security adviser between January and March 2015.
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