Detained former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), will be spending more time in detention.

Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja, adjourned further hearing in the 19 counts of criminal diversion of $2.1billion involving the former National Security Adviser.

A statement from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) revealed that the trial was adjourned till March 22, following Dasuki’s absence in court on Wednesday.

Other defendants in the case include a former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, and his son, Sagir; as well as a former Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu; a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, and Sagir’s firm, Dalhatu Investment.

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The defendants were alleged to have conspired to divert the said money which was part of funds earmarked for the purchase of arms to fight Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.

At the resumed sitting on February 21, counsel to the EFCC Henry Ejiga told the court that the case was slated for hearing and expressed the readiness of the prosecution to go on.

However, the counsel representing the former NSA, Adeola Adedipe, apologised for Dasuki’s absence and informed the court of a pending application at the Supreme Court of which judgment was reserved for March 2.

He then urged the court to fix a date after the Supreme Court’s judgment.

Adedipe’s submission was not objected by the EFCC counsel.


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