The EFCC on Thursday re-arraigned Rtd Col. Sambo Dasuki, and four others in an FCT High Court, Maitama, on a 25- count amended charge.
Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser under former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, was first arraigned in November, 2015.
He was arraigned alongside former Minister of State for Finance, Amb. Bashir Yuguda; a former Director of Finance and Administration in the ONSA, Shuaibu Salisu; a former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, his son, Sagir and their family company, Dalhatu Investment Limited.
EFCC dragged them to court on a 22-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and fraudulent diversion of public fund to the tune of N19.4billion.
EFCC counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) had applied to the court for amendment of the former charges of 22 to 25 ,he also informed the court that a former Director of Finance and Administration in the ONSA, Shuaibu Salisu be excluded.
The judge, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf granted Jacob’s prayers.
Again, when the new charges were read to them, they pleaded not guilty to all the allegations levelled against them.
The defence counsel, Mr Olajide Ayodele (SAN), counsel for Yuguda, Dr Kayode Olatoke (SAN ) for Bafarawa and others prayed the court to allow the defendants to enjoy their existing bail.
Baba-Yusuf granted their prayers and adjourned until July 9 and July 10 for commencement of trial.