By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA – An Abuja High Court sitting at Maitama, will tomorrow, determine whether the former Minister of Finance, Bashir Yuguda, former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa and his son, Sagir Attahiru, should be released on bail pending their trial.
The trio are answering to a 22-count criminal charge alongside the embattled erstwhile National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, retd, and the former Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Mr. Shuaibu Salisu.
The Economic nd Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alleged that the accused persons connived and diverted over N13.6billion from the office of the NSA, prior to the 2015 general elections.
A company the anti-graft agency said served as conduit pipe for the alleged illegal diversion of the funds, Dahaltu Investment Limited, was also charged before the court as the 4th accused person.
All the accused persons had last week Tuesday, pleaded not guilty to the charge, even as they separately prayed trial Justice Peter Affen to grant them bail pending hearing and determination of the criminal case against them.
They predicated their bail applications on provisions of sections 158, 162, 165, 167 and 168 (b) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, as well as section 36(5) (6) of the 1999 constitution.
The accused persons, through their lawyers, insisted that the charge slammed against them by the anti-graft agency are bailable.
Whereas Dasuki, through his counsel, Ahmed Raji, SAN, urged the court to grant him bail on self recognition, Bafarawa and his son, Sagir, prayed the court to grant them bail on health grounds.
Meantime, Dasuki who is facing three different charges before three different Judges, had on Friday, secured N250million bail before Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf who trying him over a 19-count charge bordering on alleged N32bilion fraud.
Justice Ademola Adeniyi of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had in relation to another six-count charge involving alleged N2.2billion fraud, granted the ex-NSA bail on self recognition.
Meanwhile, in his bail application, the former Sokoto State governor, Barafawa, told the court that his health had deteriorated badly owing to his continued detention, even as his son, Sagir, said he was suffering from Ulcer.