Sambo Dasuki’s trial adjourned again

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Sambo Dasuki, embattled National Security Adviser to Goodluck Jonathan

Sambo Dasuki, embattled National Security Adviser to Goodluck Jonathan

An Abuja High Court on Wednesday adjourned hearing in the case of alleged diversion of N13.6 billion against retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser.

Dasuki is being tried alongside Shuaibu Salisu, former Director of Finance, Office of the National Security Adviser and Aminu Baba-Kusa, former NNPC Executive Director.

Also being tried are Acacia Holding Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited.

Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf after reading a letter from the prosecuting counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) requesting adjournment, adjourned hearing in the case until July 4.

The letter stated that Jacobs and his team were in the Court of Appeal which notified them on June 14 that two of their matters would be heard in the court, hence, the request for adjournment.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, no counsel represented Dasuki, Acacia Holding Limited the 4th defendant and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited the 5th defendant.

Mr Oyewole Ilori, who held brief for Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN), counsel for the 2nd defendant, told the court that the date, June 29, requested by the prosecution was not convenient for him.

Mr Steve Ekeh, who held brief for Mr Solomon Umoh, counsel for the 3rd defendant, however, did not object the prosecution’s request.

Mr Joesph Daudu (SAN), Dasuki’s counsel, had submitted an application praying the court to consolidate the two cases against his client in the FCT High Court, Maitama.

The cases are before Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf and Justice Peter Affen.

Daudu sought for an order directing the prosecution to amend charge No FCT/HC/CR/43/ 2015 pending before Baba-Yusuf to include the counts in the counts before Justice Affen.

Dasuki’s counsel said that his prayer was pursuant to sections 6(6)(a), 35(5) and (9) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and sections 1(1); 208; 396(3); 401and 492(3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.

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Source:: PM Newspaper