Abuja - Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) counsel to the
EFCC, told an FCT High Court on Wednesday that considering the gravity
of the charges against Yuguda, Dasuki, Salisu and other defendants, it
was risky to grant them bail.
Yuguda, former Minister of state for Finance is standing trial
alongside Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) former National Security Adviser (NSA)
and Shuaibu Salisu, former Director of Finance in the office of the
Also named as defendants in the case were former Governor of Sokoto
State, Attahiru Bafarawa, his son Sagir Attahiru and their company
Dalhatu Investment Limited.
They were arraigned by the EFCC on a 22-count charge of alleged
criminal breach of trust and diversion of public funds amounting to
At the resumed hearing of the bail application filed by the defendant
lawyers, Jacobs, told the court that going by nature of the charges
against them and the proof of evidence, it would be risky to grant them
"If they were granted bail, they may not be available to stand
trial because the count in the charge attracts 10 years in prison."
"The tendency for the accused to jump bail is high," he said.
Jacobs argued that at the time the defendants answered EFCC's
invitation, they were not aware of the gravity of the offences against
"My lord, granting them bail will send a wrong signal to the public;
it is even a risk to release them because many soldiers had died."
"Their families feel the pains as a result of the actions of the
accused persons because N19.5 billion that was meant to buy arms for
soldiers to fight insurgency was diverted," he added.
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Jacobs prayed the court to reject all the submissions canvassed by
the defence lawyers as they were not fit enough to stand as cogent
reason to warrant bail.
He therefore urged the court to refuse the bail application in the interest of justice.
In his argument, counsel to Yuguda, Peter Akpe (SAN), said that
the offences which his client was standing trial for were bailable.
He said that his client was granted administrative bail by the EFCC and he did not jump bail.
He therefore urged the court to grant his client bail on most liberal terms.
In his submission, counsel to Dasuki, Ahmed Raji (SAN), said it
was discretionary power of a judge to grant bail either on self
recognition or in the most liberal terms.
He said that the fact that the prosecution had further investigation to carry out should not deny his client bail.
He therefore urged the court to grant Dasuki bail in self recognition
as it was the case in the Federal High Court, Abuja where he was
granted bail on self recognition.
On their part, counsel to Bafarawa, his son Sagir and their company
Dalhatu Investment Ltd and Salisu unanimously urged the court to admit
their clients bail on liberal terms.