Angry judge withdraws from Dasuki trial, says EFCC ‘frustrating case’

Gabriel Kolawole, presiding judge at a federal high court, Abuja, has withdrawn from the trial of  Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA).

Kolawole announced his decision in court on Thursday during the cross examination of Hassan Sheidu, an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operative, serving as a witness in the trial of Nicholas Ashinze, a colonel in the Nigerian army.

Kolawole, who accused the EFCC of frustrating the trial and attempting to hijack the court proceedings, returned the case file to Abdul Kafaratithe, chief judge of the court, for re-assignment to another court.

This is the second time a judge will withdraw from the Dasuki trial which began in 2015.

In October 2016, Adeniyi Ademola, then a justice of the federal high court, also withdrew from the trial after the Department of State Services (DSS) accused him of corruption.

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