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Arms Deal: Dasuki, Four Others Plead Not Guilty

Former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, former governor of sokoto state, Attahiru Bafarawa; ex-finance director and administrator at the Office of the National Security Adviser, Shuaibu Salisu are currently being arraigned over fresh cases.

The four accused persons are currently before Justice P. O Affen in an Abuja High Court.

A former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki and four others on Tuesday, December 15 pleaded not guilty to 22-count charges against them. The accused persons – an ex-finance director and administrator at the Office of the National Security Adviser Shuaibu Salisu; former minister of state for finance Bashiru Yuguda and a former governor of Sokoto state Attahiru Bafarawa and his son Dalhatu Bafarawa.
Five of the accused persons were arraigned before Justice Peter Affen of Courtroom 24 at the FCT High Court in Abuja. The cases against the accused borders on money laundering and criminal abuse of public trust. They are alleged to have misappropriated money entrusted to them at different times.
The charges said some of the monies were used to acquire various property worth N3.35 billion, N500 million, N100 million, N783 million, N100 million, N400 million, N1.1 billion, N200 million, N1.95 billion, N1.675 billion, N4.633 billion, N5.1 billion respectively, approximately totalling N19.2 billion
The monies were released from the accounts of the ONSA between January and March 2015. But at the fore-mentioning of the case and charges, all the accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the charges. The judge however adjourned the case to Wednesday, December 16 for hearing on bail applications by the accused persons.

The judge also ordered that the accused persons remain in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Shortly after the arraignment before Affen,  the accused persons were taken to courtroom 4 within the same court house for hearing on the bail application submitted on Monday, December 14 by the defence counsel Ahmed Raji on a different 19-count charge against them.