The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed the indictment delivered against a former National Security Adviser (NSA) to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Mallam Sambo Dasuki by the Federal High Court.
In convicting a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, for money laundering, the Justice Okon Abang High court had indicted Dasuki.
But in a judgment on Wednesday, a three-person panel led by Justice Stephen Adah ruled that the Federal High Court made damaging comments against Dasuki without giving him a fair hearing.
On Metuh, the Appeal Court held that the proceedings of the Federal High Court leading to the conviction of Metuh and his company, Destra Investment Limited, were tainted with bias, and therefore must not be allowed to stand.
Justice Adah held that the utterances of Justice Abang, in the course of the trial, established that he was biased against the convicts.
He, therefore, ordered that trial be conducted afresh.
He also directed that the case file be sent back to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for reassignment to another judge other than Justice Abang.