Dasuki Has Fulfilled All Bail Conditions – Lawyer

Alleged Fund Diversion: FG Files Amended Charges Against Dasuki
File photo of Sambo Dasuki

 

Lawyer to the detained former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has confirmed that the former NSA has fulfilled all the bail conditions imposed on him by the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Dasuki is on trial over an alleged diversion of $2.1billion arms funds.

His lawyer, Ahmed Raji told Channels Television via a telephone interview that he has the letter by the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court confirming that Dasuki had fulfilled all the bail conditions been made available.

Raji noted that this has also been presented to the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Department Of State Services (DSS), which is holding him in custody, for further action on the directives of the court.

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Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja had on Monday, July 2 granted bail to Dasuki from the custody of the DSS, where he had been detained for two and a half years, since December 29, 2015.

She ordered that if the DSS want to interview the former NSA in the future, it must be done without detention and on a working day.

This is the sixth bail that will be granted to the former NSA.

Justice Ojukwu granted the former NSA bail in the sum of N200million with two sureties in like sum and ruled that “the long and continued detention” of the applicant since December 29, 2015, could not be justified.

FG Re-arraigns Dasuki Over Alleged Money Laundering

Col. Dasuki To Take Fresh Plea In JanuaryThe former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, has been re-arraigned before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on seven counts of criminal charges, bordering on illegal and unlawful possession of firearms, ammunition, as well as for money laundering offenses.

Before his re-arraignment, Dasuki had earlier been arraigned before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the same court on a five-count criminal charge bothering on possession of firearms alone.

In the two new counts, the Federal Government alleged that between July 16 and 17 2015 at the Abuja residence, Colonel Dasuki was found to be in possession of the sum of a total sum of 210,000 US Dollars.

The Federal Government claimed that the monies were part of proceeds of unlawful deals, contrary to section 15(2) of the money laundering prohibition act 2011; charges which Colonel Dasuki denied in his plea.

Following no objection to his bail application, the former NSA was granted bail on the same terms he was granted bail in the past.

Justice Mohammed, subsequently adjourned the case to May 11, to hear an application by the Federal Government seeking to shield its witnesses.

Alleged N26m Fraud: Fani-Kayode’s Trial Adjourned Till April 25

Fani-Kayode, EFCC ArrestsThe non-availability of prosecution witnesses stalled the trial of the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mr Fani-Kayode, who was also the Director of Media and Publicity of the campaign team for former President Goodluck Jonathan during the 2015 election, is being prosecuted by the Federal Government over allegation of 26 million Naira fraud allegedly perpetuated during the campaign.

He was alleged to have illegally received 26 million Naira from former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, to organise media campaign for former President Jonathan’s re-election bid.

At a resumed hearing, the EFCC lawyer, Mr Johnson Ojogbane, expressed surprise over the absence of the prosecution witness in court.

He subsequently asked the court for an adjournment to enable him put his house in order.

However, Mr Ojogbane did not adduce any reason before the court as to why the prosecution witness who was to lead evidence against Mr Fani-Kayode was not in court.

In view of the development, Counsel to the former Minister, Mr Ahmed Raji, did not oppose to the application for adjournment.

Justice Tsoho adjourned the case till April 25, 2017 for the prosecution to open its case.

Again, Nigerian Government Seeks Secret Trial For Ex-NSA Dasuki

Again, Nigerian Government Seeks Secret Trial For Dasuki, ex-NSA Objects For the second time, the Nigerian government has applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja for secret trial and protection of witnesses that will testify against the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki in the case of unlawful possession of fire-arms and money laundering brought against him.

The fresh application which was filed by the prosecutor, Mr Oladipo Okpeseyi, urged the court to try the former National Security Adviser in secret and also protect the witnesses by not allowing their names and addresses to be made public in the course of the trial.

But in a strong opposition to the fresh request, the former National Security Adviser asked the court to dismiss the government motion on the ground that it lacks merit and constituted a gross abuse of court process.

Counsel to the former NSA, Mr Ahmed Raji, argued that there was no justification for the federal government to have brought the motion for secret trial for the second time having lost in the first motion filed before the same court.

He reminded the court that government had on its own volition placed the charges against him on the internet where the names, addresses and positions of the witnesses were conspicuously put at the disposal of the general public.

He reminded the court that in a ruling it dismissed the request on the ground that the witnesses were already known by the public having given their names and addresses to the public through the internet.

He further said that bringing the same motion to the same court constituted a gross abuse of court process and that what the prosecution ought to do if not satisfied with the decision of the court is to approach the Court of Appeal to ventilate its case.

The defense did not object to the request for the adjournment but clarified that the fresh motion for secret trial was served on the defendant last Thursday, hence their counter affidavit prepared over the weekend was served on Monday within the time allowed by law.

The federal government through the Department of State Services (DSS) had in 2015 slammed a 2-count charge of unlawful possession of fire-arms and money laundering against Colonel Dasuki.

Court Affirms Dasuki’s Bail In $2.1bn Arms Deal Trial

Court Affirms Dasuki's Bail In $2.1b Arms Deal TrialAn Abuja High Court has again reaffirmed the bail granted former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki and five others in the arms deal trial involving $2.1bn.

Justice Baba Yusuf reaffirmed the bail on Dasuki on the ground that it is an indisputable fact that former NSA was admitted to bail in 2015 and that it would be in the interest of justice to reaffirm the same bail irrespective of the action of another arm of government.

Counsel to Dasuki, Mr Ahmed Raji applied to the court to reaffirm the bail granted to the former NSA even though he has not been allowed to enjoy same since December 2015.

He urged Justice Baba Yusuf to adopt the bail conditions earlier granted Dasuki before Justice Affen and reaffirm same in the interest of justice.

Dasuki and five others were re-arraigned before Justice Baba Yusuf 22 count charge on that were transferred from Justice Peter Affen of the FCT High Court to which they all pleaded not guilty.

Others charged alongside Dasuki are former Minister of State for Finance, Mallam Bashir Yuguda; a former Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) Shuaibu Salisu; Dalhatu Investment; Sagir Attahiru Bafarawa and a former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa.

Fayose’s Accounts: PDP Hails Judiciary For ‘Curbing EFCC Impunity’

I Won't Join APC For Ekiti 2018 Poll, Fayose InsistsThe faction of the Mr Ahmed Makarfi Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has lauded Nigeria’s judiciary for curbing what it described as the ‘impunity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’ by unfreezing the accounts of Governor Ayodele Fayose in Zenith Bank PLC.

The party, which forecloses the possibility of changing its nomenclature ahead of the 2019 general elections, disclosed its readiness to enter into merger with other like-minded political associations in the country to be able to dislodge the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming presidential poll.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday ordered the EFCC and the Zenith Bank to unfreeze Mr Fayose’s accounts, which had earlier been restricted for allegedly containing a lodgement of 2.99 billion Naira being part of the 4.9 billion Naira arms fund received from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

The party’s spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, who spoke in Ise Ekiti during a scholarship scheme instituted by the Ex-Minister of State for Works, said but for Judiciary, those conferred with constitutional immunity would have allegedly been clamped into jail by the APC-led federal government, just in a bid to muzzle the opposition.

Adeyeye said: “We in the PDP family are particularly happy with the judgement, because it will help in curbing the reign of impunity under President Buhari’s government.

“The EFCC acted against Governor Fayose as if it was not a creation of the constitution. It acted lawlessly and as if individual’s rights to own an account as guaranteed by the 1999 constitution no longer exists.

“We really applaud the role of judiciary in the way it has been adjudicating on some political issues. But for their roles, the nation will by now be witnessing a full blown dictatorship”.

Mr Adeyeye aid that the PDP was well prepared to defeat the APC in the forthcoming 2019 elections, describing the party(PDP) as the strongest party in African continent.

The party’s spokesman accused the APC of destroying the fortunes of the country since President Buhari came on board in 2015 and plunged the people into unwarranted economic recession.

“The PDP is well prepared for the task ahead, particularly for 2019. We are not ruling out the possibility of merging with other political parties, because there could be merger which our party can be part of.

“As we speak now, the PDP remains the strongest party in Nigeria and Africa. We are now more united than ever.

“All the serving and former governors, members of the National Assembly, all the State chairmen of the party are now on one side. They are all supporting Alhaji Makarfi caretaker committee.

“The factional case pending in the court of Appeal will soon be
settled and the PDP will thereafter become a real united party that
can withstand any election. Only few ones are rebellious who allowed themselves to be used by the ruling government ,” he stated.

The PDP spokesman further predicted that there would soon be a huge implosion in APC that would consume the party, predicating this on the conflicting and like-minded political ideology of the members of the party.

“Half of the APC members are now aggrieved. They have been frustrated and if you see the kind of overtures they are making to us, you will be marveled,” he added.

I Upheld Freedom Before And After Speech For All Nigerians – Jonathan

JonathanNigeria’s former President, Goodluck Jonathan has reiterated his support for freedom of speech for Nigerians, as enshrined in the nation’s constitution.

Addressing a gathering of lawyers at a dinner he attended in the United States on Saturday, the former Nigerian leader told the gathering that he was proud to say that his administration never placed ethno-religious interest above the individual values of Nigerians.

“I am proud to say that while we were conscious of the Federal Character, as our constitutional guiding principle, we never placed ethno-religious interest over our individual values.

“Accordingly, we made efforts to ensure that interest groups in the society feel safe and secured in their day to day activities.

“That is why no matter what any individual or group said about me, I ensured that there was both freedom of speech and freedom after the speech,” Dr. Jonathan stressed.

His speech comes at a time that most of his allies are facing corruption charges in different courts, with some of them in detention.

Expressing his support for what he called ‘freedom after speech’ he said: “Under my watch not a single Nigerian was sent to prison because of anything he or she wrote or said about me or the administration that I headed.

“Nigeria had neither political prisoners nor prisoners of conscience because we ourselves ensured that we acted accordingly in all we did.

“You in the diaspora can attest to the fact that there was no Nigerian on exile,” he stressed.

Before he lost his re-run election in 2015 to President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, he was at a time described as the most abused leader, but he told the lawyers that he took a stand to uphold the freedom of speech for all Nigerians.

“Not only did I take a stand to allow people express their opinions without fear, we also enacted the Freedom of Information Act and by that we tore the veil of secrecy covering governance.

“Nigerians deserve to know how their government functions and I ensured that all institutions including the Nigeria bar association were completed devoid of any governmental influence”.

This speech is coming days after the former president dismissed allegations against a former National Security Adviser that served under him, insisting that Colonel Sambo Dasuki could not have stolen $2.2 billion under his watch as the president.

“I don’t believe somebody can just steal $2.2 billion. We bought warships, we bought aircraft, we bought lots of weapons for the army and so on and so forth and you are still saying $2.2 billion? So, where did we get the money to buy all those things?” he questioned while giving a lecture on Youth Entrepreneurship at the famous Oxford Union in the United Kingdom.

After that comment, the Nigerian government responded to his claims, saying that only a competent court can decide if Colonel Dasuki stole over two billion dollars meant for purchase or arms for the country or not.

Arms Probe: “Courts Will Decide Dasuki’s Fate” – Presidency, APC Tell GEJ

Presidency, APC, Sambo Dasuki, Goodluck Jonathan, Arms ProbeThe Presidency says only a competent court can decide if former president, Goodluck Jonathan’s National Security Adviser (NSA) stole over two billion dollars meant for purchase or arms for the country.

In statement released on Tuesday, the presidency urged Mr. Jonathan to allow the court to decide the fate of his former NSA, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

Dasuki is accused of misappropriating monies intended for the procurement of equipment for the Nigerian military in its battle against the Boko Haram insurgency.

This follows comments by former president Goodluck Jonathan that his embattled former NSA could not have stolen about $2.2 billion as alleged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Mr. Jonathan said this on Monday during a debate on youth entrepreneurship at the Oxford Union Society in England as he defended his administration’s policies, especially in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging North Eastern Nigeria.

Goodluck Jonathan
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan

“They said the National Security Adviser (Sambo Dasuki) stole $2.2bn. I don’t believe somebody can just steal $2.2bn.

“We bought warships, we bought aircraft, we bought lots of weapons for the Army and so on and so forth and you are still saying $2.2bn was stolen. So, where did we get the money to buy all those things?” Dr. Jonathan said at the Oxford Union.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, however, says Dr. Jonathan’s comments are sub-judicial since there is already an existing legal action against the former NSA over how the monies in question were spent.

“The matter is sub judice. Let the courts decide,” he said.

APC queries GEJ’s assertions

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Timi Frank, also challenged the former president to help Mr. Dasuki prove his case in court since he does not believe such an amount was misappropriated.

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APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Timi Frank

Mr. Frank said rather than make those claims, it would be more appropriate for Mr. Jonathan to assist in the investigation and prosecution of the case.

“First, I wonder why it took former President Jonathan such a long time to speak out. Why now? If Colonel Dasuki is as clean as he wants us to believe, it would be nice if he can assist his former NSA to prove his case in court.

“The courts deal with evidence; let them prove their case,” he said.

The former NSA was arrested in December 1, 2015 by officers of the Department of State Services and has since been in detention for allegedly misappropriating about $2.2 billion.

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Sambo Dasuki, a retired colonel, is accused of misappropriating billions of dollars meant for arms purchase

The scandal dubbed Dasuki-gate has evolved to the prosecution of top government and military officials who allegedly benefited from the largesse.

Dasuki Could Not Have Stolen $2.2bn, Goodluck Jonathan Says

Goodluck Jonathan,on Dasuki arms dealNigeria’s former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has said that it was impossible for his former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, to have stolen $2.2 billion as being accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Responding to questions after a lecture on Youth Entrepreneurship at the famous Oxford Union in the United Kingdom, former President Jonathan, said: “They said the National Security Adviser (Sambo Dasuki) stole $2.2 billion. I don’t believe somebody can just steal $2.2 billion. We bought warships, we bought aircraft, we bought lots of weapons for the army and so on and so forth and you are still saying $2.2 billion? So, where did we get the money to buy all those things?

“I agree with you that there are issues of corruption in Nigeria since 1960 till date. Yes there are still corruption issues but some of it were over-blown. I’d say exaggerated and they give a very bad impression about our nation. You cannot say the National Security Adviser stole $2.2 billion. It is not just possible”.

Dr. Jonathan, however, pointed out that some of the corruption cases were still in court and would rather allow the legal processes to reveal the facts of the matter.

He said: “One thing about the issue of corruption is that these matters are in court, let’s allow some of these processes to end. Lately some judges’ (homes) were also invaded. There are so many things involved and we have to follow up these matters to conclusion before we know the fact.

“I don’t want to be seen as a former president challenging what the sitting government is doing. So, I have decided to keep quiet for the court to look into them”.

He pointed out that allegations of corruption were not unique to his administration or the country.

“You will see that it has become a major topic whenever there is a change of government … I am not saying there is no corruption in Nigeria, there is corruption. If you look at corruption there is almost no country that is free, the degree varies, the perception varies.

“Transparency International talks about the way corruption is being perceived in different economies, why do we talk about the way corruption is being perceived, it depends on the issue raised in the media every day,” the former President stated.

After he was arrested in late 2015, Colonel  Dasuki  released a statement, dismissing the allegations brought against him by the current government and claiming he acted in ‘national interest’.

Mr Dasuki condemned what he called a “theatrical manner, the Presidency fed the public many allegations against him and other yet to be named former public officers”.

He claimed that the Presidency’s report about some “absurd findings, including extra-budgetary interventions; award of fictitious contracts; 53 failed contracts; payment for jobs without contractual agreements; non-execution of contracts for the purchase of four Alpha jets, bombs and ammunition”, were made to draw sympathy.

The former NSA is also facing trial for unlawful possession of firearms without license.

The crime, according to the Department of State Services (DSS), is punishable under Section 27(i)(a)(i) of the Firearms Act Cap F28 LFN 2004.

Judge Transfers Dasuki’s Case To Speed Up Trial

FG, ECOWAS Court, DasukiThe trial of the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, in two High Courts in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja for alleged money laundering and breach of trust has been streamlined.

This followed the transfer of the two cases against Dasuki and other defendants from FCT High Court into one for quick and effective trial.

The Chief Judge of the FCT Judiciary, Justice Ishaq Bello, ordered the transfer of charges before Justice Peter Affem to the court of Justice Baba Yusuf, as the only Judge that would now conduct the trial.

Though Colonel Dasuki has been granted bails by all the courts involved in his trials, he has remained in the custody of Department of State Services (DSS) since November 2015.

The movement of the two charges into one court was at the instance of lawyers to the Federal Government and that of all the defendants in the matters.

The lead prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacob, confirmed to reporters that the two charges in two different courts would now be conducted by a single court to ensure effective and speedy trial of the case.

He also said that with the movement of the charges into one court, the issue of consolidation of the charges would no longer arise having been overtaken by event.

Meanwhile, Justice Yusuf has fixed November 16, 2016 for the trial.

In The Interest Of Justice

At the last hearing on October 5, 2016 before Justice Baba Yusuf, the Federal Government agreed to consolidate the criminal charges filed against Colonel Dasuki and others before the two different FCT High Courts.

This followed a complaint by Colonel Dasuki that putting him on trial in two different courts on the same issues was abuse of judicial process that would prejudice and cause double jeopardy.

The counsel to the government, Mr Jacob and that of Dasuki, Mr Joseph Daudu agreed before Justice Yusuf to formally write the chief judge of the FCT judiciary, Justice Bello to consolidate the two charges in the interest of Justice.

The two senior counsels then applied to Justice Yusuf to adjourn the matter pending the time the chief judge would consider the application for consolidation.

The judge, who was then billed to give ruling on Dasuki’s motion for consolidation, put off the ruling because of understanding between the prosecution and the defence and adjourned the matter till October 21, 2016.

Only NSA Can Explain Contract To Jonathan’s Cousin – Witness

dasuki, NSA, Jonathan's CousinThe principal witness in the ongoing trial of Barrister Azibaola Robert, cousin to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Ibrahim Mahe, has told a Federal High Court that only the detained former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki can explain why Oneplus Holdings Limited got a $40 million pipeline security contract.

Mahe, who recently retired as permanent secretary, special services operations in the NSA’s office told the court that he paid Oneplus $40 million out of the $600 million special security fund sourced from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Under cross-examination by counsel to Roberts, Chris Uche, Mahe, who admitted serving only 11 months in the NSA’s office, also admitted that some other firms got security contracts in excess of $40 million approved for Oneplus.

The retired permanent secretary, however, failed to tell the court ‎presided by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba the names of the companies that benefited from the remaining $560 million of the special security fund.

The retired permanent secretary said that he paid Oneplus based on the conviction that the firm’s security contract met due process requirements, having been endorsed by nine top officials of the NSA’s office.

Trial judge, Justice Dimgba has adjourned the case till October 6, 7 and 19 for continuation of trial.