Again, EFCC Arraigns Ex-NSA Dasuki Before Another Court Over Alleged N19.8bn Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday arraigned a former National Security Adviser, NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki rtd, before Justice Peter Affem of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on charges of criminal breach of trust and diversion of N19.8 billion public purportedly for the purchase of arms to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.

Dasuki is already standing trial before Justice Adeniyi Ademola on corruption charges bordering on misappropriation of multi-billion naira security funds diverted to sundry purposes, a large chunk of which was allegedly shared out to political associates.

Also arraigned with Dasuki were former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, former Minister of State For Finance, Bashir Yuguda, Bafarawa’s son, Sagir and their family company, Dalhatu Investment Ltd.

The six accused persons were docked on a 22-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and diversion of public funds under the pretext of purchasing arms to fight insurgency in the country.

The charge reads in part:

“That you, Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd) whilst being the National Security Adviser and Shuaibu Salisu whilst being the Director of Finance and Administration in the office of the National Security Adviser between 14th April, 2014 and 7th May, 2015 in Abuja, entrusted with dominion over certain properties to wit: an aggregate sum of N3,350,000,000.00 being part of the funds in the account of the office of the National Security Adviser with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) committed criminal breach of trust in respect of the said properties when you transferred same to the account of Dalhatu Investment Limited with United Bank for Africa purporting same to be payment for the supply of security equipment and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol. 4, LFN 2004.

“That you Dalhatu Investment Limited, Sagir Attahiru and Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, between 14 April, 2014 and 7th dishonestly received stolen property, to wit: an aggregate sum of N3,350,000,000.00 into your account with United Bank for Africa from the account of the office of the National Security Adviser with the Central Bank of Nigeria, which belonged to the Federal Government of Nigeria and knowing the said sum to be stolen property and purporting same to be payment for the supply of security equipment and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 317 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol. 4, LFN 2004.

“That you Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki Rtd whilst being the National Security Adviser, Shuaibu Salisu whilst being the Director of Finance and Administration in the office of the National Security Adviser and Bashir Yuguda whilst being the Minister of State for Finance between 14th April, 2014 and 7th May, 2015 in Abuja, agreed to do an illegal act, to wit: criminal breach of trust by public officers in respect of an aggregate sum of N5,050,000,000 being part of the funds in the accounts of the office of the National Security Adviser and that the same act was done in pursuance of the agreement among you and you thereby committed an, offence punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol. 4, LFN 2004.

“That you Bashir Yuguda, Dalhatu Investment Limited, Sagir Attahiru and Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, between 2013 and 2015 in Abuja, agreed to do an illegal act, to wit: dishonestly receiving stolen property to wit: an aggregate sum of N4,633,000,000.00 being part of the funds in the accounts of the office of the National Security Adviser and that the same act was done in pursuance of the agreement among you and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol. 4, LFN 2004”.

All the accused denied the charges preferred against them when they were when read to them.

Mr Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, who led the prosecution team, applied for an adjournment till 2016, to enable him assemble his witnesses for the trial of the accused.

Mr Ahmed Raji, SAN, counsel to the accused, informed the court that motions for the bail of the accused had already been filed and served on the prosecution.

Following the consent of all the parties, the trial judge adjourned hearing in the bail application to Wednesday, December 16, and also ordered that the accused be remanded in EFCC custody until the ruling on their bail applications.

Author: NewsAdmin

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  • Ekpen Alile

    This continue to be a trial seen as Revenge by all scholars. It is clear DASUKI and his HAUSA tribe have no respect for anything NIGERIA which they see as their ATM, how3ever, this is just one case.
    It is becoming a beauty contest and NIGERIANS are not seeing a real war on corruption when NASS thugs are driving around in made in JAPAN PRADOS while ordinary NIGERIANS continue from where JONATHAN left them

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