Panic As Dasuki Escapes From EFCC

The embattled former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, has on Thursday, September 29, been declared

“missing’’, following the inability of the Federal Government to
produce him before an Abuja High-Court for trial in the charges
of money laundering and breach of trust brought against him
since last year.

Dasuki, who was charged along with five others before Justice
Peter Affen was granted bail when he was first arraigned but re-
arrested and had been kept in custody of the Department of
the State Service, DSS, since December 2015.

Others who are being prosecuted along with the former NSA
with respect to charges of diversion of funds include a former
Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu, a
former Finance Minister of State, Bashir Yuguda; a former
Sokoto Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, the ex-governor’s son,
Sagir Attahiru, and a firm, Dalhatu Investment.

At the resumed trial, counsel to the Federal Government, Rotimi
Jacob informed the judge that he was surprised that Dasuki,
who was the second defendant in the charge was not brought
to court by his client.

The counsel explained that on his part he notified the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on the trial and the
need to produce Dasuki in court.

Jacob, consequently applied to Justice Affen to stand down the
case for him to enable his client to produce Dasuki in court but,
however, he could not give a definite period within which the
EFCC would bring the ex-NSA to court.

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The action of the prosecution provoked reactions from Chief
Olajide Ayodele (SAN), counsel to former Minister of State for
Finance, Yuguda, who vehemently opposed the request of
Rotimi Jacob for stand down, on the ground that the request, if
granted would not serve any useful purpose.

The senior counsel said that the failure of the prosecution to
give a definite time within which Dasuki can be brought to court
by either EFCC or DSS was an indication that he has no
knowledge of what was transferring between the EFCC and DSS
on the matter.

Olajide, therefore pleaded with the judge to grant adjournment in
the trial as better option so as not to keep the court and the
lawyers waiting till eternity.

The position of the counsel was adopted by Jacob Daudu
(SAN) who stood for Dasuki and regretted that the government
which put the Ex-NSA on trial was the one scuttling the trial.

In his ruling on the stand down application, Justice Affen
agreed that it would be unfair to stand down the case without
being given the definite time within which Dasuki could be
produced in court.

The Judge counselled the Federal Government to do the
needful to help the prosecution counsel by ensuring regular
attendance of the Ex-NSA in court and adjourned the matter till
October 21, 2016.