EFCC files application to separate Dasuki from co-accused

Former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki
Former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday filed a motion at a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Maitama, seeking a separate trial for a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.

The EFCC had in 2015, filed two separate charges against Mr Dasuki and other defendants before Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf.

The anti-graft agency in the first suit marked FCT/HC/CR/42/2015, charged the former NSA alongside a former minister of state for finance, Bashir Yuguda; a former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Bafarawa; his son, Sagir and his company, Dalhatu Investment Limited.

They were charged on a 25-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of public funds to the tune N19.4 billion.

In the other suit, Mr Dasuki was tried alongside a former general manager in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Baba- Kusa, and two firms: Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited.

They were re-arraigned on an amended 32-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust, ‘dishonest release’ and illegally receiving various sums of money to the tune of N33.2 billion.

The former NSA has been in the detention of the State Security Service (SSS) since December 2015, despite about six court orders granting him bail.

Mr Dasuki, in an open letter in 2018, said he would not appear in court for his trial until the SSS complies with the orders of different courts demanding his release.


During the court session on November 14, the EFCC lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs, expressed dissatisfaction over the continuous absence of Mr Dasuki in the court for his trials.

“We can’t be in the same place for four years without moving,” he said.

Mr Jacobs informed the court that the prosecution had filed a motion dated November 4, seeking the continuation of trial in Mr Dasuki’s absence.

The counsel also said that the charges against the other defendants in the two suits might be amended to remove Mr Dasuki’s name to enable other defendants face their trial without further delay.

Responding, Solomon Umoh, Mr Baba-Kusa’s counsel, objected to the submissions of the EFCC lawyer.

Mr Baba-Kusa said the former NSA “is central to the charge against other defendants and that if he is separated, others will not get a fair trial.”

Meanwhile, the court session for Wednesday did not hold as scheduled.

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The court adjourned to February 13, 2020, to hear the application for a ‘separation’ filed by the EFCC.


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