N19.4b fraud: Court fixes Dec 11 for EFCC’s motion in Dasuki’s trial



A Federal High Court sitting in Maitama,the Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, on Tuesday fixed December 11 for hearing of EFCC’s motion in Dasuki’s trial and four others for alleged involvement in N19.4 billion arms funds misappropriation.

Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf adjourned the trial after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel, Mr Oluwaleken Atolegbe, holding the brief for Mr Rotimi Jacob (SAN), notified the court of a motion he filed.

Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), a former National Security Adviser (NSA) to former President Goodluck Jonathan, was arraigned alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda.

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Also, an ex-governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, his son Sagir, and his firm, Dalhatu Investment Limited, face a 25-count charge centered on a criminal breach of trust, misappropriating N19.4 billion public funds.

At the resumed hearing, EFCC counsel, Mr Oluwaleke Atolagbe, informed the court that the case was adjourned for hearing, adding that the prosecution was ready to go on with it, as its witness was in court.

The lawyer averred that the case could not go on, as Dasuki, who was the second defendant, was not in court.

He said the prosecution filed a motion on notice, dated October 3 and filed same date, adding that Dasuki’s counsel served the prosecution with a counter-affidavit in respect of the motion on notice.

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Atolagbe noted that there was a need for them to file a further and better affidavit and reply on point of law to the counter-affidavit.

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The lawyer applied for a short adjournment to enable the prosecution to file the further and better affidavit as well as reply the counter-affidavit.

He also told the court that the (court) instructed Dasuki’s lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN), at the last sitting to take a look at the letter written to the court by the Department of State Services (DSS) to ensure that Dasuki attended court for his trial.

Atolagbe said that the prosecution was forced to file the motion on notice as it did not hear anything from the SAN.

Certain defendants ‘ lawyers did not object to the prosecution counsel’s application for adjournment.

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Counsel to Yuguda, Mr M. D. Ayodele, told the court that the prosecution did not serve them with the motion on notice despite being part and parcel of the case.

Baba-Yusuf adjourned the matter till December 11 for hearing in the motion on notice.



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