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Dasuki’s case appears suspicious and vindictive

By Kunle Rotimi   |   09 October 2016   |   1:34 am

Former national security adviser (NSA), retired Col. Sambo Dasuki PHOTO: NAN

Former national security adviser (NSA), retired Col. Sambo Dasuki PHOTO: NAN

Sir, please let me express my views on the controversial court case of Col. Sambo Dasuki rtd, former NSA.I cannot defend Col Sambo Dasuki, his lawyers will do that over the allegations of abuse of office and looting!

Without prejudice to subsisting cases, however, for the Buhari administration to clamp him into detention indefinitely for about a year now, calls for serious concern. Four court orders for his release on bail, Federal Government has refused to obey, and prosecution in court is dragging! The latest decision of ECOWAS Court directing FG to release Dasuki on bail is another.

Every time, government churns out new charges and laughable excuses, keeping him in detention. No decent person will ask government to discharge and acquit a guilty offender! But the offender should not be punished until found guilty.

In the Nigerian Constitution, an accused is presumed innocent until the court says otherwise. So far, Dasuki’s alleged offences are allegations, which must be proved and argued in courts. The media trial of the suspect is not constitutional and we should remember that this is a democracy.

The prosecutorial foot-dragging on Dasuki’s case appears suspicious and vindictive.
• Kunle Rotimi is a Consultant, media commentator and author,Lagos

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