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Court adjourns Dasuki's trial till February 26

02 February 2016, 13:30

Abuja - A Federal Capital Territory High Court on Tuesday, February 2 adjourned the trial as the prosecution made excuses for Dasuki’s absence in court.

On resumption of the case, at 9 am, the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs told the court that all the accused persons were all released having perfected their bail conditions.

However, he made an excuse for the second defendant (Dasuki) who he said could not come out immediately.

Jacobs said the SSS got a remainder for Dasuki’s appearances in the court got late.

He further asked the court to adjourn the matter to Wednesday, February 3 for commencement of trial.

To this the judge over the matter, Peter Affen said ”so what you are saying is that the SSS is holding the court.”

Jacobs also informed the court that the prosecution witnesses were on court for the matter. But Affen queried the need for witnesses when the accused person is absent.

But the prosecution said that was not a case as the dates are carefully chosen.

Also read:FG ordered to produce Dasuki in court Feb 16

Ayodele Olajide standing in for the minister of state finance, Bashiru Yuguda said he sees this case going through a long torturous journey with the attitude of the prosecution. Olajide however said he is not objecting to the prayer of the prosecution.

He also urged the court to use its discretion to give an adjournment for tomorrow as his colleague, Jacobs has not given a definite time for the appearance of the defendant.

Dasuki is being prosecuted before the court on 19 counts of diversion of N32bn arms fund, along with a former Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu and a former Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Aminu Baba-Kusa.

Aminu-Kausa’s two firms – Acacia Holdings Ltd and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited – are also part of the accused.

In the applications filed before the two judges, Dasuki’s lawyer, Joseph Daudu (SAN), argued that the prosecution lacked the right to continue to prosecute him.

Dasuki was re-arrested by operatives of the DSS on December 29, 2015 shortly after he was released from prison upon fulfilling the bail conditions granted him by Justice Yusuf on December 18.

After hearing response from all the counsels, Affen conceded the adjournment. He further adjourned the matter to Friday, February 26 for hearing of discharge application.

- News 24


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