Dasuki asks judge to consolidate arms scam charges

The immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), on Monday asked a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama, Abuja, to direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to merge the two separate charges of bordering on diversion of arms funds preferred against him and others.
The EFCC preferred against Dasuki and four others before the court presided over Jusitce Baba Yusuf, 19 counts in which they were accused of diverting about‎ N32bn meant for arms procurement.
Dasuki’s co-accused are a former Director of Finance and Administration in the office of NSA, Shuaibu Salisu‎, a former General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Aminu Baba-Kusa.
Two of Baba-Kusa’s companies – Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited – are also part of the defendants.
Before another judge of the FCT High Court, Maitama, Abuja, the EFCC also preferred 22 counts of diversion of N13bn meant for arms procurement against Dasuki, Salisu, and others, including former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa.
Dasuki, through his lawyer, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN) informed Justice Yusuf on Monday application to consolidate the two sets of charges.
Daudu said his client’s trial in two different courts on the same issues and facts was unconstitutional and prejudicial to his right to fair trial by the court.
But Justice Yusuf frowned on Daudu after introducing motion, saying it was intended to further delay in the case.
Prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) also shared the judge’s feeling.
Daudu disagreed with the judge and the situation led to hot verbal exchange.
A former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Chief Akin Olujinmi (SAN), who is also a defence counsel in the case urged the judge to grant adjournment “for us to sort out ourselves”.
Justice Baba Yusuf relunctantly adjourned the matter till June 15 for hearing of the motion.
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Source:: Nigerian Pilot