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Photos: Sambo Dasuki,Olisa Metuh In Court For ’s Corruption Trial yesterday

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Yesterday, former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was arraigned at a Federal High Court to testify as a defence witness in the ongoing trial of former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh. The former NSA’s appearance followed an order of the Federal High Court for a subpoena to be issued on him, through the directorate of the State Security Service, SSS.

Mr. Dasuki has been in the custody of the SSS for over a year despite court orders for his release. He is being prosecuted separately for alleged mismanagement of funds while in office.

Metuh is on trial before Justice Okon Abang for allegedly receiving the sum of N400m from the Office of the NSA under the leadership of Dasuki before the 2015 presidential election.Image may contain: one or more people, screen and indoorImage may contain: 1 person, standing and indoor

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Why FG was wrong to keep Dasuki, El-Zakzaky in detention –SANs

Image result for dasukigateLots of people in the judiciary system have scold Federal Government over detention of the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), and the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

Different courts had ordered the release of the former NSA and the Shiite leader but the Federal Government has kept Dasuki and the fiery cleric men in detention without appealing the court rulings, ordering their release.

The SANs, who condemned the continued the detention of the duo, in separate interviews with The PUNCH on Wednesday, were Adegboyega Awomolo, Mike Ozekhome, Kunle Ogunba, Tunji Oyetubo,  Sebastine Hon and Edward Ashiekaa

Dasuki is being tried for his roles in the alleged diversion of $2.1bn meant for the procurement of arms during the regime of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

El-Zakzaky, on his own, is held in connection with the clash between his sect members and soldiers in Zaria in December 2015.

The Nigerian Bar Association and the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), had called on the Federal Government to obey court orders on the detention of Dasuki and El-Zakzaky.

While the NBA, through its President, Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), said the continued detention of Dasuki and El-Zakzaky was unjustifiable, Sagay, on Tuesday, called on the Federal Government to either free the suspects or appeal court rulings, ordering their release.

 

Dasuki Gate Update: How Police officer collected N26m from Dasuki for Fani-Kayode

Image result for Femi Fani-KayodeThe trial of Femi Fani-Kayode has officially begun at Federal High Court, Abuja on Tuesday, April 25.

A police officer has narrated how he got N26 million for the former minister of aviation. The prosecution has accused Fani-Kayode of colluding with former National Security Adviser (NSA) Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode is now officially on trial at Federal High Court in Abuja starting Tuesday, April 25. The trial has begun with Mr Victor Ehiabhi, a police officer, narrating how he helped the Fani-Kayode to receive N26 million from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki in 2014. The police officer identified himself as an Intelligence Operative with the Force Intelligence Bureau. He told the court that he was deployed from the bureau’s Very Important Persons Protection (VIP) Unit, to serve as Fani-Kayode’s security aide before the 2015 presidential election.

Ehiabi said he was accompanied by Fani-Kayode’s domestic staff to receive the money from office of the NSA at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He also said the money which was packed inside a Ghana-Must-Go bag, was handed to him at a time the Fani-Kayode was out of town.

The witness said: “On November 21, 2014, on that fateful day, my principal traveled out of town and he detailed me to be within town. “The gardener and other domestic staff were also around within the premises. The house is at Aso Drive Abuja. “One of the gardeners, called Francis, called me on phone and told me that the defendant had called him on phone that I should accompany him (Francis) and another domestic staff, Esther, to the National Security Adviser’s office at the Villa. “And not too long after, the defendant himself called me and told me the same thing. The driver named Kenneth was directed to drive us to the venue. “We moved to the venue at Suleiman Barawo Street in the Villa. While at the venue, the driver, Kenneth, and the gardener, Francis, were asked to stay in the compound while I and Esther walked into the building. “We identified ourselves as personnel of the defendant. The staff in the office asked who was Victor. I answered I was the one. They asked me to tender my identity card and I did. “The man in the office brought out a paper and asked me to endorse it on behalf of the defendant. The sum of the N26m was written on the document for the defendant. “I initially decided not to endorse the document on behalf of the defendant. But the man in the office insisted that since I was the policeman I should be the one to endorse the document, so I signed it. “The man in the office brought out the sum of N26m in N1,000 denominations, and put it in one ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bag. He gave it to us, Esther and I, for the defendant. “We took it out of the office and beckoned on Francis and Kenneth to take it to the booth. So we departed from the house and departed to house of the defendant with the money. “On getting to the house, we took it inside the house. As of the time the money was taken to the house, the defendant had not returned. As I said earlier he had travelled out of town.” READ ALSO: Fani-Kayode lashes at President Buhari over Adeyanju, Kanu According to Vanguard, Ehiabi said that when Fani-Kayode returned to Abuja, he invited him and others involved in moving the money home and thanked them. “The defendant had called me on phone and told me to ensure maximum security within the house until his arrival.

“On the same day, at about 11pm, the defendant returned. When the defendant returned from his journey, he acknowledged the money and he sent for us, myself, Esther and thanked us. “Subsequently I was invited by the EFCC. On getting to the office of the EFCC, I was asked if I ever worked with the defendant and I said yes. “While answering the question, the personnel brought out the document that I signed at the Office of the National Security Adviser on November 21, 2014. There and then I was made to write a statement,” he concluded. Meanwhile, Mr Wale Balogun, the counsel to the defendant, applied for an adjournment to enable him to cross-examine the witness. Therefore, trial Justice John Tsoho adjourned the matter till June 6. The prosecuting counsel was Mr Johnson Ojogbane. Meanwhile, there was a mild drama at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court this morning, April 25, as security operatives, barred former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, from entering inside the court scheduled to deliver ruling on whether the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, should be released on bail.

Why EFCC released Obanikoro

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Information has it that former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, was on Monday grilled for several hours by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and where he was confronted with evidence by detectives.

Obanikoro, who had remained in the United States of America since mid-2015, went straight to the Abuja office of the EFCC immediately after his arrival in Nigeria on Monday from the US.

An aide to the former minister told Punch that Obanikoro, who reported to the commission by 1.20pm on Monday, had not been released by 8.59pm.

A company, Sylvan McNamara, allegedly owned by Obanikoro’s sons, was said to have received N4.7bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser under Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) in June, 2014.

Sources at the anti-graft agency said after Obanikoro allegedly handed over N1.219bn to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and N1.3bn to Senator Iyiola Omisore, the then Osun State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, he directed that about N759,384,300 should be transferred into the accounts of about six bureau de change operators.

The two bureau de change operators that received the bulk of the funds were A.A.G.B.S. Oil and Gas and North Line Limited.

While A.A.G.B.S. received N168m on June 16, 2014, North Line Limited received N835, 000 on July 14; N83,750,000 on June 17; N1,680,000 on September 3, 2014; about N2,325, 300 on September 9; N5,932, 500 on September 17 and N842,500 on July 30.

An aide to Obanikoro, who accompanied the ex-minister to the EFCC, told the commission that he visited a bureau de change operator on the instruction of Obanikoro and collected over $1m on behalf of the ex-minister and handed it over to him (ex-minister).

Obanikoro could not deny the statement when confronted with the evidence including receipts.

Sources at the EFCC told The PUNCH that Obanikoro informed them that he was ill and was on medication. He pleaded with the commission to let him go home.

He specifically told them that he had recently had a spinal cord surgery and was still recuperating.

Obanikoro was said to have arrived at the commission with a bag containing drugs, toiletries and other items.

“He has been cooperating with us. He has made useful statements but we still need him to shed more light on the main issues.

“He came with a bag load of drugs and told us that he was treating himself. We will keep him here for now,” a source in the EFCC said.

Detectives were said to have assured the ex-minister that the EFCC had a clinic and an ambulance in case of emergency.

Obanikoro was said to have insisted that the money he received was not part of the $15bn arms scam but from the imprest account, a special account belonging to the ONSA.

When contacted on the telephone, Obanikoro’s lawyer, Mr. James Onoja (SAN), told one of our correspondents that his client was cooperating with the EFCC.

Onoja said his priority was to get Obanikoro out on bail.

When asked about Obanikoro’s health, he said, “I am not a medical doctor; so, I cannot give any expert opinion on his health. He is cooperating with the EFCC now and he surrendered himself willingly to them, which shows that he has nothing to hide. Hopefully, we will be able to get him out on bail tomorrow (today).”

In a statement by his media aide, Jonathan Eze, Obanikoro commended the EFCC for its professionalism and pledged that he would continue to cooperate with the commission.

The statement read partly, “Senator Musiliu Obanikoro arrived in Abuja this morning and headed straight to the office of the EFCC.  This is consequent upon an invitation sent to him by the anti-graft body, which was received on June 15, 2016, coincidentally, at a time he was pursuing a postgraduate degree in the United States.”

Why Metuh vowed to return N400M c0llected from Dasuki

The former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, yesterday offered to refund the N400million he got from the Office of the National Security Adviser( ONSA) during the tenure of former National Security Adviser( NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki.

He said he had been in talks with the Ministry of Justice, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other bodies on how to refund the money and resolve the issue.

The cash was part of the $2.1billion that was meant for arms purchase. The cash which was managed by ONSA, was allegedly diverted.

After many months in and out of detention and court, Metuh decided to repay the money which was illegally remitted into the account of his firm, Desra Nigeria Limited.

The ex-PDP spokesman made the announcement in a statement through his lawyer, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN).

DSS arrests Ihejirika over arms deal

Fujiipop information has it that the Department of State Services has arrested a former Chief of Army Staff  Lt.  Gen.  Azubuike Ihejirika (retd.).

Sources said Ihejirika was arrested on Tuesday night at his Maitama, Abuja residence.

It was learnt that the arrest of the former COAS was not unconnected to the ongoing $2.1bn arms purchase probe involving the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.)

A source said, “It is true that we picked up the former COAS; he is helping us with investigation into the arms procurement when he was in service, but it is too early to say when he would be released on bail.”

It was gathered that Ihejirika’s arrest and detention was informed by new leads linking him to alleged fraud in the arms procurement process during former President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

The former chief of army staff had denied allegations against him.

Court dismisses Dasuki’s third application to stop trial

According to news, the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday dismissed an application by the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col.  Sambo Dasuki (retd), seeking an order discharging him of charges preferred against him and another order prohibiting the Federal Government from further prosecuting him.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola, in a ruling, held that the application lacked merit as same contained prayers that were not granted by any court.

The Tuesday’s ruling is the third after two previous rulings of two other judges of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, dismissing similar applications which was filed by Dasuki in respect of two sets of separate charges preferred against him before the judges.

However, Justice Ademola in a separate ruling on Tuesday, dismissed a separate application by the Federal Government seeking protection of its 11 listed witnesses ‎whom it said were afraid of appearing to testify in the case for fear of reprisal.

He held that the prosecution failed to establish the grounds for granting such application asking for permission to shield the identities of their witnesses during trial.

The Federal Government is prosecuting Dasuki before the court on four counts of money laundering and illegal possession of firearms.

Dasuki however filed the application dated February 11, 2016, asking the court to prohibit the Federal Government from prosecuting him and discharge him of the alleged crimes on the basis that the Federal Government had disobeyed the orders granting him bail and permitting him to embark on a medical trip abroad.

He claimed that his continued detention in the custody of the Department of State Service since December 29, 2015,‎ amounted to the Federal Government being in contempt of the court order of the court granting him bail on September 1, 2015 and another granting him permission on November 3, 2015 to travel abroad for medical treatment.

The judge in dismissing the application held that the defence lawyers, Messrs Joseph Daudu and Ahmed Raji, both Senior Advocates of Nigeria, had failed to ‎follow the laid down procedure through which the court would be able to make findings on whether the prosecution was in contempt of the court orders.

The judge, who described Dasuki’s application as strange, also held that no court in Nigeria could either compe‎l the Federal Government to prosecute a suspect or prohibit it from prosecuting an accused person.

He also held that it was too early in the day to make an order discharging the accused when his trial had yet to commence.

from Punch

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