Abuja - Nigeria's former junior finance minister
Bashir Yuguda was Tuesday charged with five others
for allegedly misappropriating funds meant to
purchase weapons to fight the Boko Haram
insurgency in the restive northeast.
Yuguda who served under the regime of ex-
president Goodluck Jonathan was arraigned on a 22-
count charge along with former Sokoto state
governor Attahiru Bafawara and his son, Sagir
The former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki
and his finance director, Shuaibu Salisu, facing
similar charges in another court, were also in the
dock on Tuesday.
The former junior minister and five others were
accused of receiving a huge some of money from
Dasuki as "payment for the supply of security
equipment" but diverted the money to fund the then
ruling Peoples Democratic Party's presidential
campaigns in March.
Jonathan lost the vote to President Muhammadu
The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and
the court adjourned further hearing to Wednesday.
The case is one of a series of high-profile trials by
the Buhari administration to recover billions of
dollars in state funds allegedly misappropriated
under the cover of fighting the Boko Haram
The violence has killed at least 17,000 people and
displaced some 2.6 million since 2009.