Court Orders Release Of Dasuki’s Passport, Trial To Continue In March

Former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) Photo Credit: Sahara Reporters Media

Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, has ordered the release of the international passport of Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd) to him.

The judge also fixed March 13, 2020, for the continuation of the trial against the former National Security Adviser.

Dasuki has been in detention since 2015 and was not released on bail after he was tried on a 22-count charge for allegedly diverting funds meant to tackle insurgency in Nigeria.

He was however, released on December 24, 2019 after an order by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

At the hearing on Wednesday, the court ordered the registrar to release the document to Dasuki through his counsel for renewal having become expired since the court took it into custody.

The order of the court for the release of the passport was also to enable Dasuki to obtain a visa for a specialised medical consultation after being in detention for four years.

Justice Baba-Yusuf’s decision followed the application brought by Dasuki’s lawyer, Mr Ahmed Raji, under Sections 1, 2, 491 and 492 of the administration of the Criminal Justice Act. ACJA 2015 and the inherent power of the court.