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Dasuki’s trial stalled due to judge’s absence


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The prosecution of a former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, in the alleged $2.1billion arms deal was stalled at the Abuja High Court due to the absence of the trial judge, Hussein Baba-Yusuf.

Mr Dasuki has remained in detention since November 2015, despite bails by four different High courts  and the order of release by ECOWAS court.

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The federal government failed to produce him in court on Thursday.

Other defendants in the alleged corruption case included a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, former Sokoto State governor Attahiru Bafarawa, his son Sagir  Bafarawa, former Director of Finance in the office of the NSA Salisu Shuaibu and Dalhatu Investment Ltd who were present in court.

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However, the trial could not proceed as Justice Baba-Yusuf was said to have gone outside Abuja on an assignment.

Although, the court clerks declined comments, it was learnt that the Judge was part of the Federal Capital Territory Judiciary delegation attending the burial ceremony of Justice Victoria Ayodele Uzo-Amaka Onejeme, a pioneer judge of the Abuja High court who died recently.

Eminent lawyers in the high profile case including Olajide Ayodele, Kayode Olatoke, Akeem Afolabi, among others left the courtroom around 11am when information filtered to them that the trial would not hold.

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However, after consultation with each other, the lawyers and the court officials shifted the prosecution till September 27 due to the coming yearly vacation of the court scheduled to begin on July 10 and terminate in the middle of September.

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