Dasuki, Bafarawa, Yuguda, Others Face N13.5b Trial Today

FORMER National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki; former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa and ex-minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda will, today, be ar- raigned before Justice Peter Affen of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on money laundering allegations and criminal breach of trust to the tune of N13.6 billion.

Also to be arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 22-count charge of fraud and money laundering are, Shuaibu Salisu, a former director of Finance at the NSA of- fice, Bafarawa’s son, Sagir; and a company, Dalhatu Investment Limited.

ustice Affen yesterday, granted leave for the EFCC to prefer charges against the accused per- sons and their companies after holding that the proof of evidence has established a prima facie case against them.

Prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), who told the court that money meant for the office of the NSA and for combating terrorism and insurgency was illegally diverted from the ac- count of the NSA with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other commercial banks to other persons, who have nothing to do with national security, moved the application.

Jacobs relied on the affidavits, proof of evidence, statements of the accused attached to the application in urging the court to grant the motion.

In his ruling, Justice Affen said he was satisfied with the proof of evidence, which established a prima facie case against the accused persons as there is nexus linking them with the alleged crime. He, however, fixed today for their arraignment.

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