- The Federal High Court has ordered the release of the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd.)
- This came after Dasuki, according to his lawyer, Ahmed Raji, has fulfilled all the bail conditions imposed on him by the Federal High Court in Abuja
- Raji said that his client will be released on Tuesday, July 17 from the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS)
Ahmed Raji, counsel to the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd.), on Tuesday, July 17, said that his client has met all the bail conditions imposed on him by the Federal High Court in Abuja, Punch reports.
Dasuki's lawyer said that a letter by the deputy chief registrar of the Federal High Court confirming that he had satisfied all the bail conditions would be be presented to the Department of State Service (DSS) which has held him in custody since December, 2015.
In his response to questions from journalists, Raji said that the ex-NSA was expected to be released as soon as the DCR’s letter was delivered to the DSS on Tuesday, July 17.
Raji’s said: “The letter written by DCR confirming that all conditions for the bail have been met will be delivered to DSS this morning. Upon delivery of the letter, the DSS is to release him in line with the order of the court.”
Dasuki had been granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja from the DSS on Monday, July 2, having been remanded for about two and half years.
The presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, who granted bail to Dasuki in the sum of N200m with two sureties in like sum, stated that “the long and continued detention” of the applicant since December 29, 2015, could not be justified.
While Ojukwu rejected Dasuki’s plea for a public apology and an award of N5bn compensation, she dismissed all the grounds canvassed by the three respondents to justify the former NSA’s detention.
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported that the trial of Dasuki had been adjoined till Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3, for definite trial by a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.
Dasuki was in court over alleged money-laundering charges brought against him by the federal government in 2015 .
A judge of the court, Husseini Baba-Yusuf, announced the new trial date in Abuja after being presented with the Supreme Court judgement of March 2, 2018 which ordered accelerated hearing into the case.
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