The Department of the State Security Service (DSS) have re-arrested a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) .
He was re-arrested at the gate of the Kuje Prison, Abuja, while he was about leaving the prison after meeting the bail conditions set for him by a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja.
Counsel for Dasuki , Mr Ahmed Raji (SAN), told one of our corespondents on the telephone that the former NSA had met all the bail conditions given by Justice Affem but regretted that the court order was not obeyed by the operatives of the DSS.
Raji said: “Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court also in Abuja had granted the ex NSA bail on November 3 in the charges of unlawful possession of firearms but the bail was on November 4 scuttled by the SSS who, instead of obeying court order, laid siege on his Asokoro Residence and placed him under house arrest.
“The claim of the security agents was that Dasuki was being investigated on another matter. He was later arraigned before justice Yusuf Baba of the Abuja High court on breach of trust an was granted bail but which was also refused to be obeyed by the security operatives.
“Dasuki was also moved to another high court of Justice Peter Affem who also admitted him on bail on the ground that the offence was a bailable one. He had since met the bail conditions but was not released from the custody of SSS after his detention in at DSS, EFCC and Kuje Prison in Abuja.
“Raji maintained that he personally perfected the bail condition of his client, and described the action of the security agents as “an affront to the rule of law under democrazy“.
He appealed to the authorities of the security agents and the federal government to “respect court order and allow Dasuki to enjoy the bail granted him by a law court of the country.”
Colonel Sambo Dasuki is currently standing trial before different courts in Abuja over alleged criminal diversion of 2.1 billion dollars meant for the purchase of arms.
The former NSA had been granted bail by a Federal High Court and an Abuja High Court each in the sum of 250 million naira.
The surety must not be below the rank of a director in the civil service and must also swear to an affidavit of means in addition to depositing his international passport with the court. They must also inform the court whenever they need to travel out of Abuja.
He was later remanded in Kuje prison in Abuja, pending the perfection of the condition of the bail.