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Again, FG re-arraigns Dasuki for alleged diversion of ₤2.1bn



Again, FG re-arraigns Dasuki for alleged diversion of ₤2.1bn

For the second time in 24 hours, the Federal Government yesterday re-arraigned a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) before an Abuja High Court on a 25 count charge bothering on alleged funds diversion to the tune £2.1 billion.

The Federal Government had earlier on Wednesday re-arraigned Dasuki on 32 count amended charge,Arraigned alongside Dasuki were a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, his son, Sagir Dalhatu and their family company, Dalhatu Investment Limited. However, like the charge of Wednesday, former Director of Finance and Supply in the Office of NSA under Dasuki, Mr Salisu Shuaib, was dropped from the list of accused persons. The defendants pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them.

The trial judge, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf ordered that the five defendants should continue to enjoy the bail granted them in 2015 when they were first arraigned on the alleged offences. Prosecution Counsel, Rotimi Jacobs SAN has earlier stated that after the examination of the report of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the alleged money diversion, it became imperative to drop Shuaib from the charge.

Jacobs said that instead of being a co-accused person, the former Director of Finance will now be used to as a witness to testify for Federal Government in the trial of the five defendants. In the fresh charge, Dasuki was alleged to have misappropriated and engaged in alleged criminal breach of trust by dishonestly transferring the sum of N3.5billion into the account of Dalhatu Investment Limited, an offense punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code.

Yuguda was alleged to have dishonestly misappropriated a whooping sum of $9.8million, an equivalent of N1.9billion and another N200million he allegedly transferred to the bank account of Jabbama Ada Global Services, an offense punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code Act.

On their part, Bafarawa, Sagir and Dalhatu Investment were charged with dishonestly receiving the sum of N4.6billion from the Office of Col Dasuki, an offense punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code. Aside the five defendants, prominent politicians were named in the charge as beneficiaries of the alleged Public fund diversion.

They are a former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, former Chairman of the defunct National Republican Convention, Chief Tom Ikimi and one Robert Azibola, a cousin of Former President Jonathan as well as former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim. The court later adjourned trial till July 9 and 10.

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