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Counsel to former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Ahmed Raji, on Friday told a High Court sitting in Abuja that his client was not ready for the commencement of his trial.
Raji said the decision was due to the fact that his client had an application for consolidation of his cases, pending before the court.
According to the lawyer, “It will amount to a waste of time if the issue of the application is not resolved because it has a connection with the sister case.”
Counsel to the Federal Government, Rotimi Jacobs frowned at the delay in commencing trial.
Jacobs said, “Your lordship gave a sufficient time since the last sitting on January 24 in which the 2nd defendant (Dasuki) could have filed any motion, but he filed it only yesterday, and the sister case has commenced already.
“He just wanted to try his luck, this should not be a legal gambling.”
Dasuki alongside Bashir Yuguda, Shuaibu Salisu, a former director of finance, in the office of the national security adviser, Dalhatu Investment Ltd, Sagir Attahiru and Attahiru Bafarawa, former governor of Sokoto state, were arraigned on a 22- count charge bordering on diversion, conspiracy, bribery, abuse of office and criminal breach of trust of about N19.4 billion.
In another case, the former NSA was arraigned on a 19-count charge bordering on diversion of funds.
Others arraigned alongside Dasuki include, Shuaibu Salisu, a former director of finance, office of the national security adviser, Aminu Baba-Kusa, a former NNPC Executive Director, among others.
Both cases are currently pending before Justice Husseni Baba-Yusuf.