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#DasukiGate: Accused Absence In Court Stalls Hearing On N13 Billion Suit

By Abdul Gaffar Bello

The late arrival of the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) Tuesday stalled his trial at a Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, over the alleged diversion of the sum of N13 Billion.

Dasuki is facing 22 count charge trial alongside former Director of Finance and Administration in his former office, Shuaibu Salisu; ex- Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda; the immediate past Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, his son, Sagir as well as a private firm, Dalhatu Investment.

The sum alleged to be laundered and misappropriated was part of $2.1 Billion meant for arms procurement to stem attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents in the North eastern part of the country.

After calling the case for hearing and expected Dasuki to appear but to no avail, Justice Peter Affen adjourned the next hearing on the suit till Friday, February 26, 2016. It was at this point the first defendant (Dasuki) appeared in the court premises in company of officials of the Department of State Service (DSS).

The former NSA alongside Salisu and one time Director at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Aminu Baba-Kusa, is also facing another 19 count charge of misappropriating the sum of N32bn also arms money before Justice Baba Yusuf of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

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