JUST IN: Sambo Dasuki’s corruption trial stalled.

A fresh application filed by retired Sambo Dasuki on Friday stalled commencement of his trial at an FCT High Court, Maitama.

His counsel, Ahmed Raji, told the court that he was not ready for the commencement of trial because he has an application for consolidation, pending before the court.

“It will amount to a waste of time if the issue of the application is not resolved because it has a connection with the sister case“ he said

Responding, Rotimi Jacobs, the prosecuting counsel, decried delay in commencing trial, adding that after arraignment in 2015, trial was yet to commence.

“Your lordship gave a sufficient time since the last sitting on January 24 in which the 2nd defendant (Dasuki) could have filed any motion, but he filed it only yesterday, and the sister case has commenced already.

“He just wanted to try his luck, this should not be a legal gambling“ he said.

Other defendants in the suit are: Bashir Yuguda; Shuaibu Salisu, a former Director of Finance, Office of the National Security Adviser; Dalhatu Investment Ltd; Sagir Attahiru; and Attahiru Bafarawa, former governor of Sokoto State.

They were arraigned on a 22- count charge bordering on diversion, conspiracy, bribery, abuse of office and criminal breach of trust of about N19.4 billion.

In the sister case, Mr. Dasuki was arraigned on a 19-count charge bordering on diversion of funds.

Other defendant are: Shuaibu Salisu, a former Director of Finance, Office of the National Security Adviser; Aminu Baba-Kusa ,a former NNPC Executive Director, among others.

All the cases are now pending before Justice Husseni Baba-Yusuf

Justice Baba-Yusuf after listening to the submissions from parties adjourned the case till March 2 for hearing of Mr. Dasuki’s motion

 

Source: NAN

Joshua Dariye’s $1.2 billion corruption trial stalled

The trial of a former governor of Plateau, Joshua Dariye, was on Friday stalled in an FCT High Court, Gudu, due to the absence of defence witness.

Mr. Dariye is facing a 23-count charge bordering on money laundering and diversion of ecological fund to the tune of N1.162billion.

He was present in court on Friday, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The defence counsel, Fidelis Kaatpo, holding the brief of Garba Pwul, told the court that two of the witnesses were yet to be served summons.

“The court bailiff was unable to serve them because they were not reachable,” he said.

He also said that the witnesses reside in Jos.

In his response, the EFCC lead prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, expressed concern that unnecessary adjournments may delay conclusion of the matter.

The trial judge, Abebukola Banjoko, ordered that a fresh court summons be served on the witnesses.

She adjourned the case till Tuesday, December13 for continuation of defence.

Mr. Dariye recently decamped from the opposition PDP to Nigeria’s ruling APC.

The fugitive lawmaker is still wanted in the UK from where he jumped bail after he was arrested for money laundering while serving as Plateau Governor.

Corruption Trial Update: Justice Ngwuta gets N100m bail.

Justice John Tsoho of an Abuja Federal High Court, on Monday granted a Supreme Court judge, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta bail in the sum of N100m.

 

Justice Ngwuta is one of the judges arrested by the Department of State Services, DSS, on October 8 over allegations of bribery and professional misconduct.

 

The judge was earlier arraigned before the Justice Tsoho-led court on a 16-count charges bordering on money laundering and professional misconduct.

 

Tsoho said the bail sum was based on self-recognisance of Ngwuta as a serving justice of the Supreme Court.

 

He gave the ruling after listening to the bail arguments by both lawyers of the accused and the Federal Government.

 

“I hold the offence is bailable. I hereby rule that the defendant be granted bail in the sum of N100m in self-recognisance,” Tsoho said.

 

Earlier, Federal Government’s counsel, Charles Adeogun-Philips had informed the court that the sum of N27m found in the bathroom of the accused judge was removed.