The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday re-arraigned Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), and four others before the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Maitama, on a 25-count amended charge.
Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser (NSA) under former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, was first arraigned in November 2015.
He was arraigned alongside former Minister of State for Finance, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, a former Director of Finance and Administration in the ONSA, Shuaibu Salisu,a former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, his son, Sagir, and their family company, Dalhatu Investment Limited.
EFCC dragged them to court on a 22-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and fraudulent diversion of public fund to the tune of N19.4billion.
EFCC counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) had applied to the court for amendment of the former charges of 22 to 25, he also informed the court that Salisu be excluded.
The judge, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf granted Jacob’s prayers.
When the new charges were read to them, they pleaded not guilty.
The defence counsel, Mr. Olajide Ayodele (SAN), counsel for Yuguda, Dr. Kayode Olatoke (SAN ) for Bafarawa and others prayed the court to allow the defendants to enjoy their existing bail.
Baba-Yusuf granted their prayers and adjourned the case till July 9 and July 10 for commencement of trial. (NAN)