The Federal Government, on Monday, asked the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to revoke the bail it granted the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, retd, and to remand him in prison pending his trial.
The Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation, Mohammed Diri, sought the revocation of Dasuki’s bail on Monday, Nov. 23, in an application it filed pursuant to section 169 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
According to Diri, Dasuki is undergoing investigation by the committee auditing procurement of arms/equipment in the Armed Forces and Defence Sector from 2007 to date.
The FG stated that the probe panel had alleged misappropriation of over $2billion, adding that more facts are emerging that requires the presence of the former NSA.
“That there is a federal government directive for the arrest of all those indicted by the report, including the defendant (Dasuki) and that the ongoing investigation which borders on money laundering against the defendant has not been concluded and there is fear that investigation might be tempered with on account of foreign visit by the respondent before the completion of investigation”, Diri stated in the application.
He informed the court that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the arrest of those indicted in the case, which includes Dasuki, noting that national interest is at stake.
Diri claimed that if Dasuki is allowed to travel abroad, he might tamper with the ongoing investigation, adding that the ex-NSA wants to use the medical trip to escape justice.
The FG however suggested that the National Hospital, Abuja and other teaching hospitals in the country can treat Dasuki’s ailment.
Dasuki’s lawyers led by Mr. J. B. Daudu, SAN, have however countered the motion, contending that FG could not pray the court for such relief when it has refused to obey a subsisting order of the court.
Daudu argued that the federal government should not be granted any indulgence by the court until it stops the siege to Dasuki’s home.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola however adjourned the matter to November 26.
Dasuki is facing a five count criminal charge bordering on the illegal possession of firearms and money laundering.