Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory High Court has issued a warrant ordering the Department of State Services to produce the detained ex-National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki in court.
The order is sequel to Dasuki’s absence from proceedings in one of the ex-NSA’s two separate trials relating to corruption charges involving arms funds scandal.
The yesterday’s hearing was about the 32 counts in which Dasuki, and Aminu Baba-Kusa and Baba-Kusa’s two firms – Acacia Holdings Ltd and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited – were accused of diverting N32bn meant for purchase of arms.
By virtue of the production warrant issued by the judge on Tuesday, Dasuki is expected to be brought to court on May 24.
The second set of charges involving alleged diversion of about N13bn meant for arms purchase was filed before the same judge.
Dasuki; a former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, the ex-governor’s son, Sagir Bafarawa; and a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, are the defendants in the case.
Dasuki has been in the custody of the DSS since December 2015 for undisclosed reasons, in violation of various court orders.
His absence has stalled proceedings in the two pending trials for umpteen times so much that only one prosecution witness, who has yet to complete his evidence, has been called in one of the cases, and none has been called in the other since 2015 when the two matters were filed before the court.