The trial of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki and four others before Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja has been adjourned till 21 October .
Dasuki, alongside Shuaibu Salisu, a former Director of Finance; Aminu Baba kusa, a former General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 19-count charge bordering on money laundering and criminal breach of trust.
The amount involved is N13. 57 billion.
At the resumed hearing today, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, moved an application for the consolidation of the case with a similar matter before Justice Peter Afem of the FCT High Court, Maitama.
Dasuki, Bashir Yuguda, a former Minister of State for Finance; Attahiru Bafarawa, ex-governor of Sokoto State; his son, Sagir and their firm, Dalhatu Investment, are being prosecuted by the EFCC for another N13 billion fraud.
Moving his application today, Jacobs said: ‘‘I want this case to go on. I want a situation whereby the two files can be brought before your Lordship. I had met with the defence counsel on how we could appeal to the Chief Judge to transfer the two cases to your Lordship.
‘‘I am only seeking a ‘short cut’ for the court to dispense with the matter. Again, my Lord, I know that your ruling on this case may attract an appeal by the defence. So, my application for the consolidation of the two cases is for my Lord to effectively hear the two cases together.’’
In his response, J.B. Daudu, SAN, counsel to the first defendant, Dasuki, had initially kicked against the prosecution’s request for consolidation of the cases, saying that it was a ploy for the prosecution to continuously amend and delay the trial.’
Justice Baba-Yusuf said he expected that parties should have met on this issue, after the last sitting in July.
In view of this, both the prosecution and the defence counsel appealed to Justice Baba-Yusuf to stand down the matter for about 15 minutes to enable them meet and agree on the most appropriate way of resolving the matter.
When the case was called again, Daudu told the court that the parties had agreed to meet with the Chief Judge of the court, Justice I.U. Bello, on the possibility of consolidating the two cases.
Consequently, Justice Baba Yusuf adjourned till October 21 to enable the parties present the outcome of their meeting with the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Abuja.