The trial of ex-National Security Adviser (NSA), Rtd. Col Sambo Dasuki, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, has stalled due the absence of the defendant’s counsel, Mr Joseph Dauda.

Dasuki is standing trial on allegation bordering illegal possession of firearms and money laundering.

When the case was called on Wednesday, Mr Adedipe Adiola presented an application, requesting for adjournment since the defendant’s counsel was not present.

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The application, which did not, however, state the reason why Daudu would be away from the trial, was however objected to by the Prosecution Counsel, Mr Mr Oladipo Okpeseyi.

According to Okpeseyi, the lead defendant counsel’s action was simply meant to delay the trial.

He said it was unthinkable for the counsel not to clearly state the reason he would be away from the court.

After hearing their arguments, Justice Ahmed Mohammed went ahead to adjourn the trial until February 8.

The case which was originally filed in 2015 was initially being entertained by former Justice Adeniyi Ademola until October 2016.

In the charge put before the court, the Federal Government is accusing Colonel Dasuki of illegally storing five Tavor X95 assault rifles with numbers 45801168, 45801169, 45801175, 45801176 and 4801199.

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The other items allegedly found at his residences in Abuja and Sokoto, respectively, are ammunition and cash sums running into millions of Naira.

The former NSA to Goodluck Jonathan has pleaded not guilty to the criminal allegations. 

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