EFCC Arraigns Dasuki And Others Again

Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the FCT High Court sitting in
Maitama, Abuja on Friday, October 21, 2016 granted the application brought by
the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, seeking the consolidation
of the two separate criminal charges against former National Security Adviser,
Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and others with respect to their involvement in the
infamous N2.1billion arms scam.
EFCC
reported that Dasuki (first defendant) alongside Shuaibu Salisu, a former
Director, Finance and Administration, Office of the National Security Adviser,
ONSA; Aminu Babakusa, a former General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation; Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited are
being prosecuted by the EFCC,  on a 19-count charge  bordering on
money laundering and criminal breach of trust to the tune of N13, 570,000,
000.00(  Thirteen Billion, Five Hundred and Seventy Million Naira).

Similarly, Dasuki alongside Bashir Yuguda, a former Minister of State for
Finance; Attahiru Bafarawa, ex-governor of Sokoto State; his son, Sagir and
their firm, Dalhatu Investment, are also being prosecuted for a N13billion
fraud before Justice Afem.

At the last hearing on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi
Jacobs, SAN, moved an application for the consolidation of the two cases to
allow for diligent prosecution.

Jacobs and Dasuki’s counsel, Joseph Daudu, SAN, then agreed before Justice Baba
Yusuf to formally write the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Justice Ishaq
Bello, to consolidate the two charges in the interest of Justice.

The two counsels also urged Justice Baba-Yusuf to adjourn the matter pending
the time the Chief Judge would consider the application for consolidation.

Consequently, the matter was adjourned to October 21, 2016 to allow the two
parties reach a consensus and present the outcome of their meeting with the
Chief Judge.

At the resumed sitting today, counsel to EFCC, O. A. Atolagbe told Justice
Baba-Yusuf that, “we met with Justice Afeem few minutes ago and he has ruled
that the sister charge, CR/42/15, be transferred to this honourable court. We
urge your Lordship to adjourn the two cases to the same day for trial or for
further directions.”

The defence counsel raised no objection.
Consequently, Justice Baba-Yusuf granted the application and ruled that,the two
cases be consolidated adding that, “the implication of this transfer is that
the prosecution will serve the defence counsels so that the defendants can be
re-arraigned before this court.”

He
therefore adjourned to November 16, 2016 for re-arraignment of the accused
persons.

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