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Group opposes secret trial for Dasuki

By Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri    |   03 November 2015   |   4:20 am  
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A group, Civil Society Watch, has condemned the application by the Federal Government to try immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) in secret.

According to a statement by leaders of the group, Dr. Amanze Obi and Melford Wariboko,  after an extra –ordinary meeting in Owerri, the intention and application made by the Federal Government are faulty and against the democratic norms.

They wondered why President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would apply for such secret trial, saying the action is condemnable.

They argued that the opinion that the witnesses should allegedly wear mask, secretly testify, using a different route to the court from the public glare, with accredited journalists, do not hold waters.

“We read with dismay and utter disbelief the application by the federal government before a federal high court in Abuja for a secret trial of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki ( rtd). We are astounded by this strange application. It is surprising, to say the least, that such a vexatious application should emanate from government quarters. It is much more so coming from the government of President Muhammadu Buhari which came into office on the wings of popular acclaim.

“Our expectation is that such a popularly elected government will toe the path of populism by ensuring that it hides nothing from the people. Regrettably, the new government appears to have so much to hide, and that may explain why it is applying for secret trial of a Nigerian citizen. We reject this brazen assault on the basic freedom of Dasuki and the right of Nigerians to know and urge government to drop that primitive idea forthwith”, they said.

We read with dismay and utter disbelief the application by the federal government before a federal high court in Abuja for a secret trial of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki ( rtd). We are astounded by this strange application



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