By MBACHU GODWIN NNANNA,
For the second time in a week,the trial of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), at a Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Maitama, for an alleged N13.5 billion fraud, could not go on as expected, as the former National Security Adviser, NSA, was again absent in court yesterday.
Dasuki, along with Shuaibu Salisu, a former director of finance and administration, Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA; 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 N13.5bn.
Prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, had at the last sitting expressed concern over his absence saying “I’m surprised he’s not here.”
Counsel to Dasuki, J.B. Daudu, SAN, had also expressed concern over the absence of his client “who though has been granted bail by the court has not been allowed by the DSS to have control over his movement”.
Daudu had along with Akin Olujinmi, SAN counsel to Salisu, who was present with Babakusa, urged the court to adjourn to May 17, 2017 and compel the prosecution to present Dasuki.