$2.1bn arms deal: Dasuki lawyer’s absence stalls trial

Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, Nigeria
Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, Nigeria

An Abuja High Court has adjourned hearing in the case of alleged diversion of N19 billion by embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, following the absence of his counsel.

Mr. Dasuki is standing trial in various courts to answer charges bordering on alleged diversion of $2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms in the last administration.

At Thursday’s court session in one of his trials, counsel to Mr. Dasuki, Ahmed Raji, wrote to the court that he could not attend the sitting as he was attending to an election matter in another court.

But Mr. Yusuf noted that even with the presence of Mr. Raji, the case would only proceed if Mr. Dasuki is produced in court.

Based on the insistence of the judge for Mr. Dasuki to personally appear in court before continuation of hearing, the EFCC brought the former NSA to court 40 minutes after.

Upon Mr. Dasuki’s arrival, the judge adjourned the matter based on Mr. Raji’s absence.

He said hearing in the matter would continue at 10am on January 22.


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