The Federal government is seeking a secret trial of former National Security Adviser , Sambo Mohammed Dasuki, a retired army colonel, in the criminal charges of unlawful possession of firearms and money laundering preferred against him.
At a renewed hearing of the trial in Abuja on Monday, the Government also filed fresh charges against the ex-NSA to include retention of funds which formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act contrary to section 15 of Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2015.
The federal government argued that it applied for a secret trial of the ex security chief for security of its witnesses billed to testify against the accused.
However, counsel to the accused Joseph Daudu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria asked the court to dismiss the application for lacking merit and for being frivolous.
He told the court that the names of the witnesses were already in the public domain at the instance of the prosecution adding that the application was a mere academic exercise that should not be granted by the court.