EFCC Files Fresh Charges Against Dasuki 


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has filed fresh charges against former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, who allegedly diverted funds to the tune of $2.1billion.
The money was part of funds earmarked by the Federal Government to fight Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast.
According to Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, counsel to the EFCC, the charge was amended to remove the second defendant and also to bring up fresh charges against the other defendants. With the amendment, the initial counts of 19 preferred against the defendants have increased to 32.
Dasuki is facing trial alongside Attahiru Bafarawa, a former governor of Sokoto State; his son, Sagir Bafarawa; a former Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu; a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda as well as Sagir’s firm, Dalhatu Investment.
Other defendants in the matter had frantically sought to be separately tried, to ensure speedy determination of their cases, but eventually lost the bid at the Supreme Court on March 2, 2018, which decision ordered accelerated hearing, instead.
Consequently, the trial court, presided over by Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, fixed April 13, for a pre-trial conference, in other to ensure effective management of the two separate charges against Dasuki and other defendants.
At the resumed sitting today, Jacobs informed the court about the outcome of the conference and also told the court about the amended charge, urging the court to accept it.
Justice Baba-Yusuf, thereafter, adjourned to May 16, 2018 for the former NSA and his co-accused to take their pleas on the amended charge.

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