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Arms Deal: Dasuki, Bafarawa, Others To Answer Charges Today

By Sadiq Umar, Abuja – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to arraign former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki and nine others today before an Abuja High Court on allegation of diversion of funds meant for purchase of arms. Sambo Dasuki

Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Jacob (SAN) had sought the leave of the court to prefer charges against the accused.

Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf last Friday granted an application for charges against the accused persons.

Those to be arraigned with Dasuki are: Shuaibu Salisu, a former director of finance in his office, Aminu Baba-Kusa, a former Group Executive Director of NNPC; Acacia Holdings Ltd and Reliance Hospital Ltd.
Waripamowei Dudafa, a former senior special assistant (domestic affairs) to President Jonathan is said to be at large.

Others are former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa and his son Sagir Attahiru; former Minister of State for Finance Bashir Yuguda; Dalhatu Investment Ltd.

In the 19 counts charge, Dasuki is being accused of extra-budgetary spending to the tune of N643.8 billion and an additional $2.2 billion.

Meanwhile, Justice Gabriel Kolawole of a Federal High Court, Abuja will today rule on the bail application by founder of Daar Communications and Holdings Ltd, Raymond Dokpesi.

Dokpesi is being remanded in custody following an objection to the application by the EFCC counsel Rotimi Jacob (SAN) citing the probe of fresh N8.4 billion TV rights allegedly received by Dokpesi for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup hosted by Nigeria in January 2012.

While objecting to the bail, Jacobs told the court that Nigeria was not a party to the TV contract between Daar and FIFA, yet Dokpesi collected the “huge sum from the country’s treasury.”

The DAAR Communications Chairman was on Wednesday arraigned on a six counts charge of receiving the sum of N2.1 billion from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA) for media coverage for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) between October 2014 and March 19, 2015.

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