A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday granted Rtd Col. Sambo Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser (NSA) charged with illegal possession of firearms, bail on self-recognition.
The Federal Government arraigned Dasuki, before Justice Adeniyi Ademola on a one-count charge of illegal possession of firearms. The offence is said to violate the provisions of Section 27 (1) (a) (i) of the Firearms Act, Cap F 28, Laws, 2004 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
JB Daudu, counsel to the former NSA, while applying for bail, argued that Mr. Dasuki’s alleged offence was bail-able.
“His being on bail does not mean he will interfere with the investigation or disappear. His passport is with the state. We ask that he is bailed on self-recognisance,” he said.
The prosecuting counsel, who did not object to the request, urged the court to use its discretion.
Justice Ademola, in a short ruling on Dasuki’s bail application, granted him bail on self-recognition after he pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read out to him.
Ademola further ordered that the travelling documents of the accused in possession of any government agency be retrieved and deposited with the court registry.
The judge adjourned the case for hearing between October 26 and 27.
Mr. Dasuki was appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan, to coordinate Nigeria’s security agencies in the heat of the country’s war against Boko Haram insurgents
Shortly after he was fired, he was placed under house arrest while his home, in the heart of Abuja city, was searched by Nigeria’s secret police, the State Security Service for several hours.