Da­suki with­draws mo­tion seek­ing case trans­fer

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Cle­ment A. Oloyede

A for­mer Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser (NSA), Sambo Da­suki, yes­ter­day with­drew his mo­tion seek­ing the trans­fer of his case be­fore Jus­tice Hus­sein Baba-Yusuf to an­other court.

Da­suki and four oth­ers are fac­ing a 19-count charge bor­der­ing on money laun­der­ing and crim­i­nal breach of trust to the tune of N13.5bn be­fore Jus­tice BabaYusuf of the High Court of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) sit­ting in Maitama, Abuja.

The oth­ers are; a for­mer Direc­tor of Fi­nance and Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Of­fice of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser, Shuaibu Sal­isu; a for­mer Gen­eral Man­ager, Nige­rian Na­tional Pe­tro­leum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC), Aminu Babakusa and two firms-Aca­cia Hold­ings Lim­ited and Re­liance Re­fer­ral Hos­pi­tal Lim­ited.

At a sit­ting at noon yes­ter­day after the court had ear­lier an­nounced that it had em­barked on va­ca­tion, the prose­cu­tion coun­sel, Ro­timi Ja­cobs (SAN), in­formed the court that the case was ad­journed to yes­ter­day for the ap­pli­ca­tion filed by the first de­fen­dant.

Coun­sel to Da­suki, Ade­dayo Ad­edeji, hold­ing brief for J. B. Daudu (SAN), told the court that Da­suki sought to with­draw the mo­tion dated 11/06/2016 and filed on 13/06/2016 seek­ing trans­fer to an­other judge. With no ob­jec­tion re­ceived from other par­ties in the case, Jus­tice Baba-Yusuf struck out the mo­tion.

Ad­edeji also in­formed the court of an­other mo­tion filed on June 31, 2016 seek­ing the con­sol­i­da­tion of the charges be­fore the court with an­other case be­fore Jus­tice Peter Af­fen of the same court. He pleaded with the court for a date to move the mo­tion.

Coun­sel to the sec­ond de­fen­dant (Sal­isu), a for­mer At­tor­ney-Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion, Akin Olu­jinmi (SAN) urged the court to give the date al­ready agreed upon by the coun­sel, Oc­to­ber 5 for the mo­tion to be moved.

Jus­tice Baba-Yusuf there­fore ad­journed the trial to Oc­to­ber 5, 2016 for def­i­nite hear­ing on the mo­tion for con­sol­i­da­tion of charges.

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