Former National Security Adviser retired Col. Sambo Dasuki (R) with his counsel, Ahmed Raji, during his appearance at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday (1/11/17). NAN

A Federal High Court on Wednesday granted bail to former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) during his re-arraignment on allegation of $2.1bn arms fund diversion.

The former security chief was docked on 32-count amended charges along with Aminu Baba Kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital.

The four defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to all the 32-count charge.

Apart from the dropping of former Director of Finance and Supply in the Office of the NSA, Salisu Shuaib, from the amended counts, the charges were almost the same.

Shortly after taking the plea of the defendants, the issue of bail was raised and Counsel to Dasuki, Adeola Adedekpe, pleaded with the court to grant the defendants bail in liberal terms in view of the fact that the defendants have been attending trial since 2015.

Counsel to the federal government Oluwaleke Atolagbe did not oppose the bail application.

The trial Judge, Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf, however, ordered that Dasuki and other defendants be allowed to continue to enjoy the bail he granted them in 2015 when they were first arraigned before his court.