Justice Baba Yusuf orders immediate release of Dasuki

An Abuja High Court has again reaffirmed the bail granted former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and five others in the $2.1 billion arms deal.

Justice Baba Yusuf reaffirmed the bail granted the ex-NSA on the ground that he was entitled to it.

Mr. Dasuki and five others were re-arraigned before Justice Baba Yusuf on the criminal charges.

They were transferred from Justice Peter Affen of the FCT High Court to the new court.

After the 22 charges were read to the six defendants, all of them pleaded not guilty.

Thereafter, counsel to the ex-NSA, Ahmed Raji, applied to the court to reaffirm the bail granted to the ex-NSA.

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The bail was issued to Col. Dasuki since December 2015. But he has not bee able to enjoy same.

The counsel submitted that the FCT High Court 24 admitted Mr. Dasuki on bail before he was illegally arrested and detained by SSS.

Mr. Raji argued that the illegal act of SSS should not be used to divest the court of its power to reaffirm Dasuki’s bail.

Counsel to FG, Mr. Jacobs, told the court that he had no objection for the bail earlier granted to other five persons.

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He, however, urged the judge not to make any pronouncement on the bail for Mr. Dasuki.

“Court must not act in vain, there is no point making an order in vain.

“Dasuki has been in the custody of the DSS since 2015 and is still there till today,” he said.

Justice Yusuf ruled that it was an undisputable fact that ex-NSA was granted bail in 2015.

He said it would be in the interest of justice to reaffirm the same bail irrespective of the action of another arm of the security agencies.

The judge adjourned trial in the matter to February 24, 2016.