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The Federal Government has again failed to
produce the former National Security Adviser,
Sambo Dasuki, before an Abuja High-Court for
trial.
Mr. Dasuki is accused of money laundering and
corruption.


He was charged along with five others before
Justice Peter Affen, and was granted bail. He
was re-arrested and kept in custody of the State
Security since December 2015.
Others being prosecuted along with the former
NSA 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 Thursday, counsel to the
Federal Government, Rotimi Jacob, told the
judge that he was surprised that Mr. Dasuki was
not brought to court by his client.
Mr. Jacob said on his part he notified the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC) on the trial and the need to produce Mr.
Dasuki in court, but said that communication gap
between the EFCC and SSS was responsible for
non-production of the former NSA in court.
Mr. Jacob applied to Justice Affen to stand
down the case for him to enable his client to
produce Mr. Dasuki in court.
He could not give a definite period within which
the EFCC would bring the ex-NSA to court.
The action of the prosecution provoked reactions
from Olajide Ayodele (SAN) counsel to former
Minister of State for Finance, Mr. Yuguda, who
opposed the request.
The senior counsel said the failure of the
prosecution to give a definite time within which
Mr. Dasuki would be brought to court by either
EFCC or SSS was an indication that he haD no
knowledge of what was transpiring between the
EFCC and DSS on the matter.
Mr. Olajide therefore pleaded with the judge to
adjourn the trial.
His position was adopted by Jacob Daudu, who
stood for Mr. Dasuki and regretted that the
government which put the ex-NSA on trial was
the one scuttling the trial.
Mr. Daudu said since June when the matter was
adjourned, the EFCC which initiated the trial on
behalf of the Federal Government ought to have
known that it its responsibility to produce Mr.
Dasuki in Court as required by the law.
Former Attorney General of the Federation and
Minister of Justice, Akin Olujimi, who stood for
former Sokoto Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, also
opposed the request to stand down the case
without a definite time.
He pleaded for an adjournment.
In his ruling, Justice Affen agreed that it would
be unfair to stand down the case without a
definite time within which Mr. Dasuki would be
produced in court.
The judge advised the government to ensure Mr.
Dasuki is in court, and adjourned the matter till
October 21, 2016.

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