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Dasukigate: EFCC counsel expressed frustration over continuous absence of Dasuki, seeks unbundling of case 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday, told an FCT High Court that the Commission will seek a court order for  separate trial for former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) from seven other defendants.

Dasuki is being tried in two separate cases alongside other defendants before Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf by EFCC since 2015 on alleged misappropriation of fund meant for arms.

At the resumed sitting in case FCT/HC/CR/43/2015, EFCC counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, expressed frustration over the continuous absence of Dasuki, who is the first defendant in the case.

He informed the court that the prosecution had filed a motion dated Nov. 4, seeking the continuation of trial in Dasuki’s absence, adding that the prosecution was served with a counter affidavit this morning.

Jacobs , however, said that the best thing to do in the present circumstance was the unbundling of the case so that Dasuki would be separated from other defendants.

He Lamented the frustration with going on with the case, and said , “We can’t be in the same place for four years without moving.”

He, therefore, told the court that the charge against the defendants might be amended to remove Dasuki’s name to enable other defendants face their trial without further delays.

He said that he would file separates charge against other defendants in both cases in which Dasuki is involved before the court and sought for an adjournment to do so.

Responding to this, counsel for Baba-Kusa, Mr Solomon Umoh, SAN, submitted that what  Jacobs was suggesting did not have any place in the book.

Umoh, said Dasuki is central to the charge against other defendants, adding that, “if he is separated, how can we get a fair hearing?”

Justice Baba-Yusuf, however, gave an open adjournment and asked the prosecution to file the amendment and serve same on the defendants for them to come to court and take their fresh plea.

In another development, Umoh made an oral application for the release of Baba-Kusa’s international passport to enable him perform Umrah (lesser Hajj).

This was not opposed by the prosecution, Jacobs stated that the second defendant had been abiding with the court’s directive.

In the first case, with number FCT/HC/CR/42/2015, he was charged alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda; a former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, his son, Sagir and his company, Dalhatu Investment Limited.

They are facing a 25-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of public fund to the tune N19.4 billion.

In the second case, numbered FCT/HC/CR/43/2015, Dasuki is facing trial alongside a former General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Baba- Kusa and two firms: Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited.

They were first charged in November, 2015 on a 19-count charge bordering on money laundering and breach of trust to the tune of N13.5 billion alongside a former Director of Finance and Administration, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Shuaibu Salisu, who was later removed from the charge.

Other defendants were on May 16, 2018 re arraigned on an amended 32-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust, dishonest release and receiving various sums of money to the tune of N33.2 billion misappropriation.

For sometime now, hearing of both cases was being stalled by the continued absence of Dasuki in court.

EFCC told the court on that Dusuki vowed that he would not appear in court for trial until such a time the government comply with the court order releasing him from the custody of the Department of State Service on bail. (NAN )

Alleged money laundering: Court adjourns case against Atiku’s son in-law

The trial against Abdullahi Babalele, a son-in-law of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who was accused of laundering $140,000 in the build-up to the 2019 general elections commenced today.

At the Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) called its first witness, Bashir Mohmmmed, who described himself as a close friend of Babalele.

Mohammed, who was led in evidence by the EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, told Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke how he delivered naira equivalent of $140,000 cash to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Babalele’s instructions.

The witness testified that he personally delivered the money to Obasanjo in his house in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He said on Babalele’s request he supplied two bank accounts, which were credited.

After which he said he took the money to Obasanjo’s residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

“When I got there, somebody came and took me inside where I met former President Obasanjo and delivered the message,” Mohammed said.

Under cross-examination by the defence counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), Mohammed affirmed that he wrote a statement at the EFCC office during the investigation.

A move by Mr. Ozekhome to tender the statement as an exhibit before the court was, however, opposed by the prosecutor.

The development made Justice Aneke adjourn the matter till tomorrow, Wednesday for ruling on the admissibility of the statement.

 

Briton involved in P&ID contract arraigned, granted bail, to surrender all int’l passports

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted a N500 million bail to a British national, James Nolan, who was found culpable in the controversial contract award to Process and Industrial Development Limited (P&ID).

Mr Nolan and another British national, Adam Quinn, who is still at large were arraigned on a 16 count charge bordering on money laundering.

The defendants were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the 21st of October when Mr Nolan pleaded not guilty.

Justice Okon Abang, who delivered ruling on the bail application, also granted Mr Nolan surety for him in the same bail sum, who must be a serving Senator to stand.

The Judge said the serving Senator must not have a criminal case that is pending in any court in the country, and must have landed property that is fully developed in the Maitama district of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The court ordered Mr Nolan to surrender all his international passports.

Court fixes Dec. to hear suit seeking forfeiture of Saraki’s properties

The Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed December 5 to take arguments on whether or not, two Ikoyi houses belonging to former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, should be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

Justice Mohammed Liman had on October 21 ordered the temporary forfeiture of the houses, “lying and known as No. 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi,” to the government.

He had ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to publish the temporary forfeiture order in a national newspaper.

The judge adjourned until November 7 for anyone interested in the houses to appear before him to show cause why they should not be permanently forfeited to the government.

At the resumed proceedings on Thursday, EFCC’s counsel, Abdullahi Idris, told the judge that the order was published in The Nation newspaper as ordered by the judge.

The judge, thereafter, fixed December 5 to hear from Dr Saraki and any other interested party on why the properties should not be permanently forfeited.

The EFCC had told the judge it reasonably suspected that the properties were acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities.

It alleged in a supporting affidavit that the former Senate President, who served two terms as Kwara State Governor between 2003 and 2011, “withdrew over N12 billion cash from the account of the Kwara State Government and paid same into his accounts domiciled in Access and Zenith Banks through one of his personal assistants, Abdul Adama, at different intervals.”

Nigeria owes over N150bn in judgment debt – Malami

AGF and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami

 

Nigeria is yet to settle more than N150 billion in judgment debt, according to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

Mr. Malami made the comment during Channels Television’s Newsnight program which aired on Monday.

“Right now, there exists over N150 billion judgment debt against the interest of the federal government, as at 2015, when this government came into being,” Mr. Malami said.

“Our national assets all over the globe are experiencing one threat or the other, targeted at enforcing these judgments.”

However, some of the judgment debts are believed to have been obtained illegally, according to the Minister.

“What we have tried to do is to profile those judgment debts, look into the circumstances that gave rise to them, assess and analyse them from the possibilities of insider compromises, fraud and corrupt practices,” Malami said.

“We have a responsibility of striking a balance between genuine judgments and those that are beclouded with some elements of fraud and reasonable ground of suspicion of compromises.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Malami noted that the P&ID gas deal, which included the award of a $9.6 billion judgment debt, was unfair, illegal and unjustifiable.

“Mr President has ordered an investigation, directing agencies of government, including the EFCC and Police among others, to look into the circumstances that led to the (P&ID) award,” he said.

“The investigation report has indeed proven to be cogent and potent in terms of establishing fraud, thought of deceit,  suppression of facts and obtaining arbitrary award on account of material suppression of facts, on account that the tribunal was misled into making an award because of the inherent falsehood in the witness deposition”.

“Arising from the conduct of investigations, we have, as a nation this time around, decided to initiate an action seeking to nullify the contract, having been obtained and executed in material breaches”.

“The principal characters in P&ID Nigeria admitted to wrongdoings and they were charged to court, pleaded guilty and were convicted. Arising from that conviction there was an incidental order winding off P&ID Nigeria and forfeiture of their assets. We are also taking steps to give effect to these orders.”