- The trial of Sambo Dasuki and Bashir Yuguda over alleged misappropriation of funds has been fixed for Tuesday, June 11
- EFCC charged the duo with 25 counts bordering on criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of public fund to the tune N19.4 billion
- The case was adjourned after counsel for Bafarawa, briefed the court that Dauski’s lead counsel, Joseph Daudu, was bereaved
Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of an FCT high court, has fixed Tuesday, June 11, for trial to begin for former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Amb. Bashir Yuguda in the alleged misappropriation of N19.4 billion arms funds.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the EFCC charged Dasuki, Yuguda alongside former governor of Sokoto state Attahiru Bafarawa, his son, Sagir and his company Dalhatu Investment Limited.
The commission charged them with 25 counts bordering on criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of public fund to the tune N19.4 billion.
Justice Baba- Yusuf adjourned the matter after Lateef Fagbemi, SAN counsel for Bafarawa, briefed the court that Dauski’s lead counsel, Joseph Daudu, SAN was bereaved.
Justice Baba-Yusuf after listening said that the court agreed with the position of all the counsel that the death of a daughter in-law, was weighty enough to grant an adjournment. "The matter is further adjourned until June 11 for trial."
Earlier, EFCC counsel, Oluwaleke Atolagbe, informed the court that the case was scheduled for commencement of trial and they were in court with their witness.
He informed the court further that Dasuki ‘s lawyer informed them that Daudu was bereaved. Counsel for Bafarawa, Lateef Fagbemi SAN, was asked by the judge to brief the court on the bereavement.
Fagbemi informed the court that it was true that the matter was slated for today for trial, but their colleague, Daudu, lead counsel for Dauski, was bereaved and all counsel have been informed.
He said: "The deceased was a staff of his chambers as well as his daughter in-law. All counsel have met. This ugly situation has overshadowed everything, accordingly, all counsels have agreed that the matter be adjourned until June 11, at the convenience of the court. All counsel in the matter agreed to that."
Legit.ng recently reported that Sambo Dasuki filed an application before the Federal High Court in Abuja over his ongoing $2.1 billion trial.
Dasuki in the application urged the court to invite some senior lawyers, popularly referred to as "amici curiae" - friends of the court - for his trial.
The friends of the court are set of individuals usually senior lawyers who are not party to a particular case. They can be solicited by a party to assist the court by offering advise or expertise on a case.
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