Wednesday 16 December 2015

$2.1bn Arms Deal: ex- NSA, Sambo Dasuki exploring plea bargain

Sambo Dasuki
There were indications, yesterday, that the embattled former National Security Adviser may explore the plea bargain option. His lead counsel, Mr. Ahmed Raji, broached the idea while persuading an Abuja High Court sitting in Maitama to release his client on bail pending his trial.

Dasuki who was previously docked before Justice Ademola Adeniyi of the Federal High Court in Abuja on a six-count charge bordering on money laundering and his alleged illegal possession of firearms, was on Monday, arraigned before Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf of the FCT High Court on a fresh 19-count charge.


The charge bordered on alleged illegal diversion of about N32billion from account the office of the NSA operated with both the Central Bank of Nigeria and other financial institutions.

Equally docked over the alleged fraud was the erstwhile Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Mr. Shuaibu Salisu, former Executive Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Commission, NNPC, Aminu Baba-Kusa, as well as his companies, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referal Hospital Limited.

The funds were allegedly distributed to delegates to the Presidential Primary Election the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP held in Abuja, a process that saw ex-President Jonathan emerge as sole candidate of the party.

Dasuki is now facing a total of 47-count charges before three different courts and judges in Abuja.

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