Parties in the criminal cases involving former a National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and others have agreed that the two charges against them be brought before a single judge for determination.
Right now the cases are before two different judges.
They resolved on Wednesday to approach the Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), before which the cases are pending, to seek his approval for re-assignment of both cases to Justice Husein Baba-Yusuf.
The first case involves Dasuki, a former Director of Finance, Office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu; a former Executive Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Baba-Kusa and his two companies – Acacia Holding Limited, and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited.
They are accused of diverting about N13.6 billion belonging to ONSA.
The case is being handled by Justice Baba-Yusuf.
The second case, now before Justice Peter Affen (also of the High Court of the FCT), involves Dasuki, ex-Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda; a former Director of Finance at ONSA, Shuaibu Salisu, a former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, his son, Sagir Bafarawa and their company, Dalhatu Investment Limited.
They are accused of diverting about N9.2billion from ONSA.
At the resumption of proceedings on Wednesday, lead prosecution lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), suggested that the court shelved the scheduled hearing of a motion by Dasuki, challenging the simultaneous existence of both cases.