Five witnesses are set to appear from the side of the federal government to prove its case of illegal arms possession by Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser.

Dasuki first appeared in court on September 1. After having pleaded not guilty, he was granted a bail on the ground of self-recognition.

The Punch yesterday obtained the list of government witnesses, including the operatives of the Department of State Services involved in search operation at the suspect’s residence on July 16.

After the trial which begins on October 26, the prosecution will reportedly call Dahiru Dodo, the head of the search team that discovered allegedly illegally possessed firearms. Investigating officer Musa Duniyo is also set to be called as a witness. The three DSS operatives are Ali Gurara, Samuel Ogbu and Franklyn Usman.

Mohammad Diri, who signed the list of witnesses, said they would give accounts regarding the conduct of the search operation as a result of which the items were recovered.

The possession of unregistered weapons is punishable under section 27(i) (a)(i) of the Firearms Act Cap F28 LFN 2004.

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