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Friday, 29 September 2017

$2.1bn arms Deal: Don't Try Us With Dasuki, Ex-Gov Bafarawa Son Asked Court


ABUJA – Erstwhile Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, and his son, Sagir, who were blamed for complicity in the unlawful preoccupation of $2.1 billion implied for the obtainment of arms, yesterday, connected for their trial to be isolated from that of the previous National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki.

Dasuki Sambo and Attahiru Bafarawa

The pair, close by their family organization, Dalhatu Investment Ltd, are offering an explanation to a 22-check criminal allegation the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, favored against them and Dasuki, under the watchful eye of an Abuja High Court sitting at Maitama.

Of the $2.1 billion arms finance, which the Federal Government said was domiciled in a record worked by the Office of the NSA (ONSA) under Dasuki, the litigants were affirmed to have plotted and shared N19.4 billion among themselves.

Similarly on trial over the claimed misrepresentation are previous Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu, and additionally a previous Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda.

In the interim, Bafarawa, his child and their firm, who are fourth, fifth and sixth litigants in the issue, in the movement they recorded under the watchful eye of the court, said they were not any more OK with their joint trial with Dasuki.

They censured that constant pointless deferral of their trial alongside Dasuki, has adversely influenced their privately-owned company.

Subsequently, the three respondents, through their legal counselor, Dr. Kayode Olatoke, SAN, asked trial Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf to isolate the charges, as well as to similarly affirm accelarated knowing about the body of evidence against them.

Bafarawa and his child battled that under area 36 of the 1999 constitution, as changed, they were qualified for be attempted quickly and inside a sensible time.

Additionally, the candidates, in a 15 paragraphed oath they connected in help of the movement, told the court that no sensible advance have been made on the trial since it started in 2015.

They credited the circumstance to visit movements from various gatherings in the issue, who they said either tested the court's ward or moved for the charges to be suppressed.

In the oath dismissed to by one Bolatito Oguntoye, the candidates said they were prepared to help the court to quickly close the case, if their movement for particular trial is allowed.

As per them, the part of each denounced individual in the exchange that prompted the joint charge are particular.

They similarly contended that the verification of proof addressed each of the respondents by and by and could be successfully decided independently by the court.

Interim, the EFCC, contradicted the application, even as it asked the court to expel it for need of legitimacy.

The counter unite office, through its direction, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, kept up that the movement was in repudiation of the arrangements of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.

In a counter movement, EFCC contended that Bafarawa, his child and their family organization, were legitimately joined with Dasuki and alternate litigants in perspective of joint parts they purportedly played in the preoccupation of open reserve, and in addition for connivance.

Jacobs, SAN, claimed that Dalhatu speculation, possessed by Bafarawa and his child, got stolen stores into its UBA financial balance, focusing on that once their accuse of Dasuki is isolated, it would be for all intents and purposes and lawfully outlandish for the indictment to demonstrate the instance of intrigue against them.

All the more along these lines, the EFCC legal advisor discribed the movement as a think ploy by the previous senator and his child to additionally defer the trial.

Essentially, Dasuki, through his own particular legal counselor, Mr. Adeola Adedipe, additionally contradicted the movement, saying the nature and situation of the  case.