Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja, on Friday, December 18, 2015, granted Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), a former National Security Adviser, and five others bail in the sum of N250m each.
Dasuki alongside 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 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 to the tune of N13, 570,000, 000.00 (Thirteen Billion, Five Hundred and Seventy Million Naira).
One of the counts reads: “That you, Col. Mohammed Dasuki (rtd.), whist 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 N10, 000,000,000 (Ten Billion Naira) 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: $47,000,000 (Forty-Seven Million dollars) 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.’’
At the last sitting, counsels to the five defendants had urged the court to grant their clients bail, arguing that the charges preferred against them were bailable.
However, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, had prayed the court to refuse the five defendants bail based on the gravity of the alleged offences committed as well as the proof of evidence against them.
According to him ‘‘they are not entitled to bail because they may jump bail. I recognise that the granting or refusal of bail is at the discretion of the court. But if they will interfere with investigation of other cases that will be instituted against them, you can refuse them bail. If bail application is filed, it is not automatic that it must be granted. The proof of evidence showed the purposes for which the money was meant for, which was for the purchase of security equipment.’’
In his ruling on the bail application at today’s sitting, Justice Baba-Yusuf granted each of the accused persons bail in the sum of N250m with one surety in like sum, who must deposit their international passports with the court.
The surety must be a top civil servant not below the level of Director; with evidence of ownership of a property worth N250m.
Justice Baba-Yusuf also ordered that counsels to the defendants must notify the court about the travel arrangements of their clients, whenever they are leaving the jurisdiction of the court.
He, however, ordered the accused persons to be remanded in the EFCC custody pending fulfillment of their bail conditions.
The case has been adjourned to January 21 and 22, 2016 for commencement of trial.
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