The resumed trial of the immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and four others was on Wednesday rescheduled following the inability of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to produce him in court.
The former NSA and others, namely a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, a former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa and his son, Sagir, and Shuaibu Salisu, a former director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, are standing trial for criminal abuse of public trust and misappropriation of funds to the tune of N33.6 billion.
Upon resumption of the case at the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, the counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, told the court that Mr. Dasuki had been released by the EFCC having perfected his bail conditions.
He however said Mr. Dasuki could not come out immediately from where he was being detained by the State Security Service, SSS, because he dressed up late.
“However, my lord, the second defendant (Dasuki) who is facing a criminal charge before the Federal High Court by the State Security Services (SSS), was re-arrested after his release and has been in the custody of the State Security Services,” Mr. Jacobs said.
“And as of when they were informed again, the SSS asked for some time for the second defendant to dress up.”
He said though the witnesses in the case were in court, the matter should be adjourned to today.
Joseph Daudu, the counsel to Mr. Dasuki also agreed for an adjournment even as he asked the court to discharge the matter because he had no confidence in it. He said the EFCC counsel was not complying with the orders of the court.