Ex-NSA Dasuki challenges Nigerian govt’s move to revoke his bail

Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, Nigeria

A former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, who is standing trial over allegations of illegal possession of arms before the Federal High Court in Abuja, has filed a preliminary objection challenging the application by the Federal Government to revoke the bail earlier granted to him by the court.

He said the government’s move was utter disregard to an earlier order that granted him permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Mr. Dasuki appealed to the judge to dismiss the move in order to protect the integrity of the court and the rule of law.

At the resumed trial, the prosecution counsel, Oladipo Okpeseyitan, informed the court that he had two applications seeking to revoke the bail earlier granted Mr. Dasuki, and also seeking to stop the further execution of the order of the court directing that the passport of the accused person be released to him.

He however told the court that he was constrained in moving the application as he was served with the defendant’s objection in court‎ and needed time to respond to it.

He subsequently applied for an adjournment.

Counsel to Mr. Dasuki, Joseph Daudu, did not oppose the application on ground that the prosecution was entitled to adequate time to enable him respond to the objections raised by him.

After listening to the parties, the trial judge, Adeniyi Ademola, adjourned till January 20, 2016 for the hearing of the preliminary objection.

The Federal Government had at the last adjourned date employed the services of Mr. Okpeseyitan, a private practitioner, to prosecute Dasuki.

Mr. Okpeseyitan on that day informed the court that he had filed a motion for stay of execution of the ruling of the court which granted Mr. Dasuki permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.

He further applied to the court to put the ruling on hold pending the outcome of the appeal in the matter.

Mr. Dasuki’s counsel, Ahmed Raji, in his reply, then told the court that he had just been served with the motion, adding that he needed time to respond to the motion.

‎Mr. Dasuki had also stated then that he did not at any point make a statement implicating anyone or group in the allegation of $2billion arms purchase deal brought against him by the Federal Government.


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  • FreeNigeria

    What treatment abroad? when did you develop this medical issue? After stealing billions of dollars? I see, too much dollars dey cause sickness only oyinbo doctors can cure. look at this man’s mansion in Abuja, where did a common colonel get the money to build such mansion if not massive stealing of our commonwealth.

    • D1

      True talk ojare! Sickness that hasn’t killed him since he has been custody. Let him disclose the ailment and the hospital that is willing to treat him abroad, and the arrangement with the hospital. These are the questions we expect the judge to ask before granting his useless, bribe-induced ruling. Why is the Judge behaving like a daft person?

  • Sir Demo

    Joseph Daudu again? Defending Suswan in the N3b theft too! For money? The earnings will never do you any good o, except sorrow, griefs, chronic diseases etc, if your ploy is to defeat end of justice and let the looters go free. The misery of the masses will never let you enjoy the blood wealth. Ole oloriburuku!

    • D1

      Amin e po!

  • peacebaba

    The government wanting to arm-twist the court by all means. Well, they have already violated court orders with impunity by preventing the gentleman from going for medical treatment.. Good to see Dasuki standing on his right.. fight corruption within the ambit of the law! Don’t violate people’s right because you want to nail them

  • Yanuphawi

    The jurists should not compromise principles of justice and fairness. You can not join the witch-hunt government of Buhari in persecution and violation of basic human rights. How could a responsible government denied a citizen access to good health? Col. Dasuki is entitled to bail like any other suspect and therefore should be allow travel.

  • Sir. Tee

    It is quite unfortunate that Nigerians can come to the social media and promote unjust act on someone who has left a very big legacy in Nigeria.
    Justice has been compromised and we need to say no to that.

    • FreeNigeria

      What legacy? Legacy of corruption and stealing

  • Juniour_poch

    in one word you all have said it all..concerning the aspect of a sick man who was not granted the opportunity for proper treatment. this man dasuki is a principled man of honor, he has served his country but is this how his country wants to repay him, by implicating him and all that. we Nigerians should think this through. we should have human feelings.

  • Tafidan Dogon Daji

    Without prejudice to the case as pending,it is pertinent to note that rights of citizens as spelt out in the nation’s constitution,are expected to be protected by our courts.
    Citizens of this great country however,expect that we are all equal before the law.A verdict allowing Dasuki to travel out of the country was secured but disobeyed by the DSS who now comes round to deplete.I call on this humble court to dishonour the DSS request and rather issue against it,form 48,notice of consequences on disobedience of court order.This will undoubtedly barricade the Executive from unnecessary interference with issues in the judiciary.

  • Chuks

    The buhari led government should allow justice take it’s rightful place in this country. Col dasuki should be allowed to travel in other for him to sort out his health issues. I believe every citizen of this great nation must be given the same treatment, human rights shouldn’t be violated.