Former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, rtd, former Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa and former Minister of State for Finance, Mallam Bashir Yuguda and three others were yesterday arraigned again by the Federal Government over allegation of fraudulent diversion of public funds amounting to N19.4billion.
They were put on trial on 22-count charges before Justice Peter Affem of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on charges of criminal breach of trust and diversion of public fund under the pretext of purchasing security arms.
The six accused persons are; Sagir Attahiru, son of former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa and their family company, Dalhatu Investment Ltd, however, denied the charges when read to them.
Leader of the Federal Government prosecuting legal team, Mr Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, applied for an adjournment till next year to enable him assemble his witnesses for trial of the accused persons.
But counsel to the second accused person, Mr Ahmed Raji, SAN, raised the issue of bail for the accused persons, adding that motions for their bail have already been filed and served on the prosecution.
With the consent of all the parties, the trial judge, Justice Peter Affem, adjourned hearing in the bail application to today.
He also ordered that the accused persons be kept in the custody of the EFCC until their bail applications were considered.
Part of the charges read: “That you Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd) whilst being the National Security Adviser and Shuaibu Salisu whilst being the Director of Finance and Administration in the office of the National Security Adviser between 14th April, 2014 and 7th May, 2015 in Abuja, entrusted with dominion over certain properties to wit: an aggregate sum of N3,350,000,000.00 being part of the funds in the account of the office of the National Security Adviser with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) committed criminal breach of trust in respect of the said properties when you transferred same to the account of Dalhatu Investment Limited with United Bank for Africa purporting same to be payment for the supply of security equipment and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol. 4, LFN 2004.
“That you Dalhatu Investment Limited, Sagir Attahiru and Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, between 14 April, 2014 and 7thdishonestly received stolen property, to wit: an aggregate sum of N3,350,000,000.00 into your account with United Bank for Africa from the account of the office of the National Security Adviser with the Central Bank of Nigeria, which belonged to the Federal Government of Nigeria and knowing the said sum to be stolen property and purporting same to be payment for the supply of security equipment and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 317 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol. 4, LFN 2004.
“That you Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki Rtd whilst being the National Security Adviser, Shuaibu Salisu whilst being the Director of Finance and Administration in the office of the National Security Adviser and Bashir Yuguda whilst being the Minister of State for Finance between 14th April, 2014 and 7th May, 2015 in Abuja, agreed to do an illegal act, to wit: criminal breach of trust by public officers in respect of an aggregate sum of N5,050,000,000 being part of the funds in the accounts of the office of the National Security Adviser and that the same act was done in pursuance of the agreement among you and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol. 4, LFN 2004.
“That you Bashir Yuguda, Dalhatu Investment Limited, Sagir Attahiru and Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, between 2013 and 2015 in Abuja, agreed to do an illegal act, to wit: dishonestly receiving stolen property to wit: an aggregate sum of N4,633,000,000.00 being part of the funds in the accounts of the office of the National Security Adviser and that the same act was done in pursuance of the agreement among you and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol. 4, LFN 2004.”Former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, rtd, former Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa and former Minister of State for Finance, Mallam Bashir Yuguda and three others were yesterday arraigned again by the Federal Government over allegation of fraudulent diversion of public funds amounting to N19.4billion.
They were put on trial on 22-count charges before Justice Peter Affem of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on charges of criminal breach of trust and diversion of public fund under the pretext of purchasing security arms.
The six accused persons are; Sagir Attahiru, son of former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa and their family company, Dalhatu Investment Ltd, however, denied the charges when read to them.
Leader of the Federal Government prosecuting legal team, Mr Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, applied for an adjournment till next year to enable him assemble his witnesses for trial of the accused persons.
But counsel to the second accused person, Mr Ahmed Raji, SAN, raised the issue of bail for the accused persons, adding that motions for their bail have already been filed and served on the prosecution.
With the consent of all the parties, the trial judge, Justice Peter Affem, adjourned hearing in the bail application to today.
He also ordered that the accused persons be kept in the custody of the EFCC until their bail applications were considered.
Part of the charges read: “That you Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd) whilst being the National Security Adviser and Shuaibu Salisu whilst being the Director of Finance and Administration in the office of the National Security Adviser between 14th April, 2014 and 7th May, 2015 in Abuja, entrusted with dominion over certain properties to wit: an aggregate sum of N3,350,000,000.00 being part of the funds in the account of the office of the National Security Adviser with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) committed criminal breach of trust in respect of the said properties when you transferred same to the account of Dalhatu Investment Limited with United Bank for Africa purporting same to be payment for the supply of security equipment and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol. 4, LFN 2004.
“That you Dalhatu Investment Limited, Sagir Attahiru and Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, between 14 April, 2014 and 7thdishonestly received stolen property, to wit: an aggregate sum of N3,350,000,000.00 into your account with United Bank for Africa from the account of the office of the National Security Adviser with the Central Bank of Nigeria, which belonged to the Federal Government of Nigeria and knowing the said sum to be stolen property and purporting same to be payment for the supply of security equipment and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 317 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol. 4, LFN 2004.
“That you Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki Rtd whilst being the National Security Adviser, Shuaibu Salisu whilst being the Director of Finance and Administration in the office of the National Security Adviser and Bashir Yuguda whilst being the Minister of State for Finance between 14th April, 2014 and 7th May, 2015 in Abuja, agreed to do an illegal act, to wit: criminal breach of trust by public officers in respect of an aggregate sum of N5,050,000,000 being part of the funds in the accounts of the office of the National Security Adviser and that the same act was done in pursuance of the agreement among you and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol. 4, LFN 2004.
“That you Bashir Yuguda, Dalhatu Investment Limited, Sagir Attahiru and Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, between 2013 and 2015 in Abuja, agreed to do an illegal act, to wit: dishonestly receiving stolen property to wit: an aggregate sum of N4,633,000,000.00 being part of the funds in the accounts of the office of the National Security Adviser and that the same act was done in pursuance of the agreement among you and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol. 4, LFN 2004.”


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