Chris Steven, Abuja
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) , on Monday arraigned former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki and four others before Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory( FCT) High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja on a 19-count charge bordering on money laundering and criminal breach of trust to the tune of N13, 570million
Dasuki, who is the first defendant, is charged along side Shuaibu Salisu, a former Director of Finance and Administration, Office of the National Security Adviser; Aminu Babakusa, a former General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited.
One of the counts reads: ‘’’That you, Col. Mohammed Dasuki( rtd.), whilst being the National Security Adviser and Shuaibu Salisu, whilst being the Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the National Security Adviser, and Hon. Warripamowei Dudafa (now at large), whilst being Senior Special Assistant, Domestic Affairs to the President, on or about 27th November, 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court entrusted with dominion over certain properties, to wit: the sum of N100bn billion being part of the funds in the account of the National Security Adviser with the Central Bank of Nigeria( CBN), the equivalent of which sum you received from the Central Bank of Nigeria in foreign currency to wit: $47 million and 5.6 million Euros, committed criminal breach of trust in respect of the said property when you claimed to have distributed same to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) presidential primary election delegates and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 315 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol.4 LFN 2004.’’
Another count reads: ‘‘That you, Col. Muhammed Dasuki( rtd.), whilst being the National Security Adviser, and Shuaibu Salisu, whilst being the Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the National Security Adviser between October, 2014 and April, 2015 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court agreed to do an illegal act to wit: criminal breach of trust by public officers in respect of an aggregate sum of N13, 570 million being part of the funds in the account of the office of the National Security Adviser and that the same act was done in pursuance of the agreement among you and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol.4, LFN 2004.’’
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they were read to them.
Justice Baba-Yusuf adjourned the case to Tuesday, December 15, for hearing on bail applications.
Chris Steven, Abuja