Former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki refuses to appear in court for his trial. According to the Nation’s report, his absence stalled his trial at a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja. Dasuki, Shuaibu Salisu, a former NSA Director of Finance, and Aminu Baba-Kusa, a former Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Executive Director, was arraigned for alleged diversion of N13.6 billion meant for purchase of arms. The other defendants are Acacia Holding Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital.
At the hearing which held on Wednesday 23rd March, prosecuting counsel Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) said Dauski refused to come to the court because his lead counsel would be absent. Jacobs said he persuaded him to come but he said he would only show up in court if he was abducted.
“Unless you abduct me, I am not coming,’’ Dasuki said.
Citing Sections 267 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, he said it was a deliberate effort made by the first defendant and his counsel in order to stay away from court and apparently from judgement. However, Mr Wale Balogun, holding brief for Mr Joseph Dauda (SAN), told the court that it was the duty of the prosecution to produce the first defendant in court without any negotiations.
He said the prosecuting counsel did not produce affidavit evidence before the court as for why he could not produce the first defendant. Olakayode Dada, Mr Solomon Umoh (SAN), Dr Abiodun Layoun (SAN) and Mr Olajide Ayodele, counsel for second to fifth defendants, aligned themselves with Balogun’s submission. Justice Husseni Baba-Yusuf adjourned till April 6 for continuation. Most likely Dasuki would turn out considering the fact that the court may punish his disobedience if he faults a second time.