It was the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory and not the Federal High Court of Nigeria (FHCN) which granted bail to former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and other accused person in the ongoing arms investigation. The Federal High Court had to clarify and make this distinction because most media reports since the bail was granted, have mentioned it, instead of the FCT High Court.
The two courts are not the same and they have different jurisdictions even though they are both based in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
“It will be in the interest of the reporters and editors (the media) to note that these cases involving the accused persons are not all before the Federal High Court of Nigeria as reported by some national dailies, but before Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf and Justice Peter Affen of the High Court of the FCT,” said Emmanuel Garko, the acting chief registrar of the FHCN.
Garko clarified that the men were not charged before the FHCN and urged the media to be cautious and cross check facts before publishing.
Dasuki is standing trial in three different courts in Abuja for alleged money laundering offences running into billions of naira. He is being tried alone on a five-count charge of money laundering involving about N84.6m and illegal possession of firearms before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
He is also being tried with an ex-director of Finance and Administration in the office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu and former director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Baba-Kusa in a 19 count-charge bordering on criminal diversion of funds.
Dasuki and others were granted bail on two occasions on December 18 and 21 last year at N250million by Justices Hussein Baba-Yusuf and Peter Affen of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He was rearrested shortly after being released from the Kuje Prison in Abuja.