Former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) was arraigned today at the FCT High Court Abuja. Also, the former Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Aminu Baba Kusa and Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the NSA, Salisu Shuaibu were arraigned alongside with him. The accused persons face 22-count charges all involving fraud and money laundering which were dished out by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) . Sambo Dasuki pleaded not guilty to the 19 count charge of money laundering filed against him and two others by the EFCC.
Count one of the charges read:
That you Col Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (RTD) whilst being the national security adviser and Shuaibu Salisu whilst being director of finance and administration in the office of the national security adviser and Hon Waripamowei Dudafa (now at a large) whilst being senior special assistant, domestic affairs to the president on or about 27th November, 2014 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court entrusted with dominion over certain properties, to wit: The sum of N10bn being part of funds in the account of the national security adviser with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the equivalent of which sum you received from the CBN in foreign currencies to wit: $47, 000, 000 and 5.6 million euros, committed criminal breach of trust in respect of the said property when you claimed to have distributed same to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary election delegates and yoù thereby committed an offence punishable under section 315 of the penal code Act Cap 532, Vol 4, LFN 2004.”
After hearing the allegations, Dasuki pleaded not guilty to the crimes during the hearing of the case at the Federal High Court in Abuja today December 14th. The accused were arraigned before Justice H.Y Baba and the presiding judge, Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf adjourned the case till tomorrow December 15th for hearing on their separate bail applications.
Meanwhile a different set of charges were filed before Justice P.O Affe of the FCT High Court in Maitama against Dasuki and a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda and a former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, his son, Sagir Attahiru and their firm, Dalhatu Investment Ltd. Bafarawa, Yuguda as well as Sagir were not brought to court today.
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