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Dasuki, Yuguda, Others To Spend Christmas In Prison

Posted: Dec 24, 2015 at 8:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

*Bafarawa perfects bail condition, released

Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), immediate past Minister of State for Finance, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda and about five others standing trial for alleged diversion of funds before two different Abuja High Court may spend their Christmas in Kuje Prison. This is due to their inability to perfect their bail conditions.

But, a former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, who was arraigned with them, was yesterday released having perfected his bail condition. The court had granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N250 million with two sureties in like sum. The court, however, ordered that the accused persons be remanded in Kuje Prison pending when they will perfect their bail application. As at the close of work yesterday, New Telegraph reliably gathered that only Bafarawa had perfected his bail condition and since released to go home.

According a source, “Dasuki too is almost perfecting his bail, but there are problems in the papers he brought. So, the court rejected them. “He has to go and put them in order, and with the look of things, the processes may not be concluded today because the judge has closed and the court is going on public holiday starting from tomorrow (today), to be back on Tuesday.

“The accused persons standing trial are, Dasuki, Yuguda, former Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu, Bafarawa, his son, Sagir and their company, Attahiru Investment Limited. Specifically, Dasuki had been arraigned before two different courts in the last two weeks.

He was first arraigned before Justice Baba Hussein on a 19-count charge.He pleaded guilty and was admitted to bail. Few days later, he was arraigned before Justice Peter Affen on a 22-count charge and also pleaded guilty. All the charges in the two suits centred on criminal breach of trust, misappropriation and retention of proceeds of crime worth about N50 billion.

Delivering ruling in a bail application filed by the defence counsel, Justice Peter Affen ordered that the defendants must produce two sureties each and one of them must not be below the level of director in the federal civil service. Affen also held that the surety must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court. The judge also ordered that the surety must have a landed property which must be verified and valued by surveyors to have cost same amount (N250 million) within Abuja.

He added that the titled document of the said properties and the international passports of the defendants must be submitted to the court. Affen also ordered that, in case of any further investigation by the prosecution, the defendants must not be kept outside the hours of 9a.m. to 6p.m. when the need arises.

He said if the EFCC have any reason to keep the defendants outside the period, they must inform the court on the need to do so. The judge said that failure to perfect the bail conditions; the defendants shall be remanded in Kuje Prison pending perfection of their bail. The court, however, adjourned till February 2 and 3 for trial.

Earlier, Justice Hussein of the same Abuja High Court had, on Friday, admitted Dasuki to bail in another 19-count charge suit filed against him and Salisu, former Executive Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Baba-Kusa, as well as his companies, Acacia Holding Limited and Reliance Referal Hospital Limited.

The trial judge had granted them bail in the sum of N250 million each and on the condition that they provide one reasonable and responsible surety in like sum. Such surety must show evidence of owning a property in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) worth the same amount. The court further directed that the surety must be a civil servant not below the rank of a director in the Federal Civil Service.