The trial of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki and four others before Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja has been adjourned till 21 October . Dasuki, alongside Shuaibu Salisu, a former Director of Finance; Aminu Baba kusa, 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. The amount involved is N13. 57 billion. At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, moved an application for the consolidation of the case with a similar matter before Justice Peter Afem of the FCT High Court, Maitama.
In his response, J.B. Daudu, counsel to the first defendant, Dasuki, had initially kicked against the prosecution’s request for consolidation of the cases, saying that it was a ploy for the prosecution to continuously amend and delay the trial.’ Justice Baba-Yusuf said he expected that parties should have met on this issue, after the last sitting in July.
In view of this, both the prosecution and the defence counsel appealed to Justice Baba-Yusuf to stand down the matter for about 15 minutes to enable them meet and agree on the most appropriate way of resolving the matter. When the case was called again, Daudu told the court that the parties had agreed to meet with the Chief Judge of the court, Justice I.U. Bello, on the possibility of consolidating the two cases.
Consequently, Justice Baba Yusuf adjourned till 21 October to enable the parties present the outcome of their meeting with the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Abuja.