Again, Dasuki absent in court, demands indefinite suspension of trial

The ongoing criminal trial of a former National Security Adviser col. Sambo Dasuki before justice Hussein Baba Yusuf of a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama was on Wednesday stalled due to his absence from court.

At the resumed trial, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Oluwaleke Atolagbe, told the court that the case was scheduled for trial and that a prosecution witness was in court waiting to give evidence.

However, he said in absence of the second defendant (Dasuki) the matter cannot go on.
“The information I have is that the second defendant has insisted that he would not come to court. Certainly, the trial cannot go on today since he is not available.

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“I humbly refer the court to section 352(4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, which permits the court to go into trial in absence of the defendant who has refused to come to court without any reasonable excuse. But this would be after 2 adjournments.”

Counsel to Dasuki, Victor Okudili, informed the court that a motion of notice seeking an order to adjourn sine die, the trial and or further trial of the former NSA pending compliance by the EFCC with the judgment of justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on July 2, 2018, which granted bail for to the defendant.

Atolabge who acknowledged receipt of the application, asked for an adjournment to enable him respond to the application.

Justice Baba-Yusuf adjourned the matter to February 19, 2019, to hear the application.

Dasuki is standing trial alongside four others, Bashir Yuguda, Dalhatu investment Ltd, Sagir Atahiru and Atahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa for allegedly diverting public funds worth N19.4bn.

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