FG’s request for secret trial of Dasuki is undemocratic, says Fayose
Fayemi slams N3b libel suit against gov’s aides
Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has described the Federal Government’s attempt to secretly try the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki, by using mask-wearing prosecution witnesses as satanic and mockery of democracy.
He said, “It is becoming obvious that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government has something to hide on the travail of Col. Dasuki because if you were not afraid to call someone a thief in the market place, you should not be afraid to try such a person in the full glare of the public.”
The governor, who said Nigerians should ask the Federal Government why it was afraid of trying Dasuki openly, noted that; “Since names of the would-be prosecution witnesses have already been made public, what agenda is the government pursuing by insisting that its witnesses be given protection by the court by not allowing their names and addresses to be made public in the course of the trial.”
A statement yesterday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose challenged the Federal Government to allow live television coverage of the trial so that it can tell the entire world how Dasuki actually stole the $2.1 billion arms money and Dasuki would also defend himself in the full glare.
Meanwhile, former Governor of Ekiti State and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, is claiming N3 billion as damages in a libel suit against Special Assistant on New Media and Public Communications to Governor Ayodele Fayose, Mr. Lere Olayinka and a member of Ekiti House of Assembly, Dr. Samuel Omotoso, over offensive statements made against him.
The minister’s action follows the failure of the defendants to retract the libelous statements and tender public apology as demanded by
his counsel, Rafiu Oyeyemi Balogun, in a letter dated November 19, 2016.