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#DasukiGate: Again, Court adjourns Dasuki’s trial

Justice Baba Hussein of the Federal Capital Territory High Court has again adjourned the trial of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), as the second defendant (Salisu Shuaibu) was unavoidably absent from trial due to ill health.

Dasuki is standing trial alongside the former Director of finance and Admin, Salisu Shuaib and former NNPC Director, Aminu Baba on 19-count charge bordering on diversion of about N13.6 billion.

All defendants were present in court except Salisu Shuaibu who through his lawyer forwarded a medical report based on his ill health to the registrar of the court this morning before commencement of trial.

Counsel to the second defendant, Adetayo Adeyomi said his client took ill and is on admission as they had forwarded a copy of the medical report to all counsels in the suit.

“I regret saying that the defendant is unavoidably absent due to his ill health – we sincerely apologise,” he said

The case, which was slated today for arraignment, was formerly transferred from court 24 to court 4.

Prosecuting Counsel, Oye Atolagbe said the ongoing trial is a criminal case and cannot go on without the second defendant (Salisu Shuaibu) being unavailable.

“I also confirmed that Salisu took ill through his medical report as it appears, we have no option than to take an adjourn date for next trial”. He said

Counsel to Dasuki, Raji Ahmed, while responding to the request for adjournment said although “I have not had the privilege of seeing the medical report but we confirm the position that there was a medical report shown to us. We agree adjournment.

“Since we are all models, anyone can fall ill.”

According to the court, the second defendant has always been regular in court proceedings except for today.

Since there was no objection from both counsels and having agreed on a date, the case was therefore adjourned to 24th and 25th January 2017 at the instance of the second defendant.

It would be recalled that the court had earlier adjourned hearing on the case of Dasuki, to October 21 on grounds of merger of cases.

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