Former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, has had his bail reaffirmed by an Abuja High Court.
Dasuki, who alongside the former Finance Minister of State, Mallam Bashir Yuguda; a former Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the National Security Adviser(ONSA), Shuaibu Salisu, Dalhatu Investment, Sagir Attahiru Bafarawa and a former Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafaraw, is standing trial for criminal abuse of public trust and misappropriation of funds has been in detention since his arrest even though he had been granted bail before.
The case, which was transferred by Justice Peter Affen to Justice Baba Yusuf started out with the re-arraignment of the accused and the reading of the 22-count charges against them to which they pleaded “not guilty”. With this done, the counsel to the defendant, Ahmed Raji (SAN) pleaded with the court to reaffirm his client’s bail which he had been denied since it was granted.
He argued that his client was illegally arrested and subsequently detained by the Department of State Security Services (DSS) after his client had retired on bail; as recorded by the FCT High Court 24. The involvement of the DSS should, however, be ignored as they are not named as prosecutor in this case. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is the named prosecutor while the DSS is just an interloper.
This position was reiterated by Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), in his capacity as a friend of the Court. He described the actions of the DSS as unfortunate but that the court had no reason not to grant Dasuki bail.
On his part, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), counsel for the Federal Government, acquiesced to the granting of bail to all the defendants but Dasuki.
He said: “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.”
After hearing arguments from both sides, the bail was reaffirmed by Justice Baba Yusuf on the grounds that he is entitled to it having been granted same since 2015.
The trial has been adjourned to February 24, 2016.