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FOR the second time in 24 hours, the Federal Government Thursday slammed a 25-count amended charge against a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (retd).

But this time, a former director in his office, charged alongside him Wednesday, has turned prosecution witness.

Dasuki who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan, was re arraigned along with a former Minister of State for Finance, Badhir Yuguda, former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, his son, Sagir Dalhatu and their family company, Dalhatu Investment Limited.

The former Director of Finance and Supply in the Office of NSA under Dasuki, Mr Salisu Shuaib, was dropped from the list of accused persons.

Counsel to federal government, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), confirmed to newsmen that after the examination of the report of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the alleged money diversion, it became imperative to drop Shuaib from the charge.

Jacobs said that instead of being a co-accused person, the former Director of Finance will now be used to as a witness to testify for Federal Government in the trial of the five defendants.

Like the re-arraignment of Wednesday, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf ordered that the five defendants should continue to enjoy the bail granted in 2015 when they were first arraigned on the alleged offense.

Part of the charge against Dasuki was that he misappropriated and engaged in alleged criminal breach of trust by dishonestly transferring the sum of N3.5billion into the account of Dalhatu Investment Limited, an offense punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code.

Yuguda was alleged to have dishonestly misappropriated a whooping sum of $9.8million, an equivalent of N1.9billion and another N200million he allegedly transferred to the bank account of Jabbama Ada Global Services, an offense punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code Act.

On their part, the trio of Bafarawa, Sagir and Dalhatu Investment were charged with dishonestly receiving the sum of N4.6billion from the Office of Col Dasuki, an offense punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code.

Aside the five defendants, prominent politicians were named in the charge as beneficiaries of the alleged Public fund diversion. They are a former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja; former Chairman of the defunct National Republican Convention, Chief Tom Ikimi; and one Robert Azibola, a cousin of former President Jonathan as well as former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.

However, all the five defendants pleaded not guilty to the amended charge dated May 11, 2018 and signed by Mr Chile Okoroma, Director of Legal and Prosecution Department of the EFCC.

Meanwhile, Justice Baba-Yusuf has adjourned trial of the defendants to July 9 and 10.

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