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Dasuki, Four Others Arraigned Before Court Over Fresh Alleged 19 Count Charge


By Ganiyu Nasirudeen

National Security Adviser (NSA) to the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan, Col.(rted) Sambo Dasuki and two others have been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, over money laundering, diversion of public funds, breach of trust and other criminal charges.

The former NSA who is currently being investigated over the $1.2 Billion arms scam and ex Financial and Administration Director in the NSA office, Shuaibu Salisu, according to one of the charges, were between October, 2014 and April, 2015 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court agreed to do an illegal act to wit: criminal breach of trust by public officers in respect of an aggregate sum of N13, 570, 000,000.00 (Thirteen Billion, Five Hundred and Seventy Million) being part of the funds in the account of the office of the NSA and that the same act was done in pursuance of the agreement among the duo, thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol.4, LFN 2004.

Dasuki, Salisu in connivance with another accused, SSA, (Domestic Affairs) to the former President, Hon. Warripamowei Dudafa (still at large), in another charge, were alleged to be on or about 27 November, 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court entrusted with dominion over certain properties, to wit: the sum of N10, 000,000,000( Ten Billion Naira) being part of the funds in the account of the National Security Adviser with the Central Bank of Nigeria( CBN), the equivalent of which sum received from the Central Bank of Nigeria in foreign currency to wit: $47,000,000(Forty-Seven Million United States Dollars) and 5.6 million Euros, amounted to committ criminal breach of trust in respect of the said property when the accused claimed to have distributed same to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary election delegates.

The charge was punishable under section 315 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol.4 LFN 2004.

Also, former General Manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Aminu Babakusa; and a firm, identified as Acacia Holdings, were also arraigned with Dasuki and Salisu were accused of being guilty of the criminal charges.
After, the three suspects pleaded not guilty of all the charges read against them, prompting Justice Baba-Yusuf to adjourn hearing on their bail applications till Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

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