The scheduled commencement of trial in one of the cases involving the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was stalled on Tuesday due to Dasuki’s absence in court. Dasuki is named in three charges pending before Justices Husseini Baba-Yusuf and Peter Affen of the High Court of the FCT in Maitama and Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
He was arraigned alongside four others before Justice Baba-Yusuf in December last year on a 19-count charge in which they were, among others, accused of diverting about N32bn arms procurement fund. Also named in the charge are former Director of Finance and Administration in the office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu and a former director in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Baba Kusa and two of his companies – Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited.
It had been impossible for the prosecution to commence trial in the case since the defendants were arraigned due to a motion filed by Dasuki, seeking to stop his trial because of Federal Government’s purported violation of an order admitting him to bail.