The Federal Government of Nigeria has failed to produce Colonel Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser (NSA), before a High Court in the Federal Capital Territory for trial on Thursday.
The ex-NSA was to have stood trial over charges of money laundering and breach of trust, alongside five others before Justice Peter Affen.
Dasuki, ex-Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, a former Director of Finance in the office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu, a former governor of Sokoto state, Attahiru Bafarawa, his son, Sagir Bafarawa, and their company, Dalhatu Investment Limited, are being tried for allegedly stealing of about N9.2 billion from the office of the NSA.
The accused persons were arraigned since December 2015 on a 22-count filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
At the resumed trial on Thursday, counsel to the Federal Government, Rotimi Jacob, told the judge he was surprised his client did not bring Dasuki, the second defendant in the charge, to court.
Jacob, while stating that he had notified the anti graft agency on the trial and the need to produce Mr. Dasuki in court, blamed communication gap between the EFCC and the DSS.
Mr. Jacob then applied to Justice Affen to stand down the case for him to enable his client to produce Mr. Dasuki in court.
The defence team including Daudu, Olajide Ayodele SAN, Akin Olujinmi SAN, Joshua Olatoke SAN and Hakeem Afolabi SAN argued that it was wrong for Jacobs to have sought a stand-down without indicating how long.
The senior counsel said the failure of the prosecution to give a definite time within which Mr. Dasuki would be brought to court by either EFCC or DSS was an indication that he had no knowledge of what was transpiring between the EFCC and DSS on the matter.
In his ruling, Justice Affen agreed that it would be unfair to stand down the case without a definite time for Dasuki’s appearance in court.
The judge then urged the federal government to ensure the ex-NSA is brought before the court in its next meeting, as he adjourned the matter till October 21, 2016.