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N13.5bn fraud: FG re-arraigns Dasuki, others



N13.5bn fraud: FG re-arraigns Dasuki, others

Court admits ex-NSA to fresh bail


The Federal Government yesterday re-arraigned a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) before an Abuja High Court over alleged N13.5 billion arms fund diversion. Dasuki was re-arraigned alongside Baba Kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital on a 32-count amended charges.


The defendants however pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them. The government had in the amended charge dropped the name of a former Director of Finance and Supply in the Office of the NSA, Salisu Shuaib. After taking the plea, counsel to Dasuki, Adeola Adedipe, raised an application for bail.


He prayed the court to grant the defendant to bail in liberal terms in view of the fact that the defendants have been attending their trial since 2015. Prosecution Counsel, Oluwaleke Atolagbe, did not oppose the bail application.


The trial Judge, Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf, however, ordered that Dasuki and other defendants be allowed to continue to enjoy the bail he granted them in 2015 when they were first arraigned before his court.


When the first bail was granted, other defendants were allowed to enjoy their bail, but Dasuki was however re-arrested in 2015 at the Kuje Prison shortly after perfecting his bail conditions and has since been kept in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

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