The trial of the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), has been adjourned till Friday, January 22.
Justice Baba Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja, said on Thursday.
Dasuki is being trialed with respect to the charges of alleged diversion of about N32bn, part of fund meant for procurement of arms, till Friday.
The adjournment was at the instance of the defence lawyers, Joseph Daudu (SAN) and M
Ahmed Raji (SAN), who had written to the court that they would be in Kogi State for an election petition case today (Thursday).
Prosecuting counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), and other defence counsel in the case did not oppose the request by Dasuki’s lawyer.
The judge then fixed the trial for 11am on Friday.
Earlier, the judge had to stand down the matter for about one hour, to await the arrival of the Dasuki, who was being conveyed to the court by operatives of the Department of State Service.
Justice Yusuf subsequently stood the case down till 11am.
Dasuki was initially absent from court when the case was called earlier in the proceedings.
But his other co-accused, a former Director of Finanance and Administration in the Office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu, and a former Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Aminu Baba-Kusa, were present.
Baba-Kusa’s two companies, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited, are also part of the accused.
Justice Baba Yusuf had on December 18 gratned bail to Dasuki and the rest of his co-accused bail in the sum of N250m with one surety in relation to 19 counts of misappropriation of about N32bn meant for purchase of arms,
On December 21, Justice Peter Affen granted bail to Dasuki and his co-defendants with respect to another sent 22 counts of misappropriation of about N13bn, which was part of the arms fund, in the sum of N250m with two sureties in like sum.
But upon being released from prison after meeting the bail conditions, he was reportedly re-arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services.