Finally, Court Releases Ex-NSA, Dasuki’s Travel Document

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday granted the application of the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, for the immediate release of his international passport to enable him travel for a medical treatment.
Dasuki, a retired Colonel and the NSA to former President Goodluck Jonathan, is standing trial for illegal possession of firearms and money laundering but he has denied the charges.
After he was initially arraigned on August 24, 2015, following the Department of State Security Services, DSS’ raid on his residence, the court granted him bail on self-recognition but seized his international passport as part of his bail conditions.
At the court on Monday, Dasuki pleaded with the judge to release the international passport to enable him travel abroad for medical treatment.
Upon hearing the arguments of the prosecution and defence, the presiding judge, Adeniyi Ademola, said the prosecution failed to show reason why the document should not be released.
The judge asked the prosecution to present any legal reason as done by the defence to support his opposition to the accused’s request before he adjourned to Tuesday.
At the resumed hearing on n Tuesday, Justice Ademola ordered the court registrar to release the passport and allow Dasuki travel for three weeks, after which he would return the passport.
The judge further said that when Dasuki returns the court will review his bail terms, adding that he would be required to produce a surety or have his counsel issue an undertaking before he is released on bail.
The counsel to Dasuki, Ahmed Raji, described the judgement as a good one, noting that, “It is only a person with life that can defend himself; a dead man cannot defend himself”.
However, the prosecution counsel, Shuaibu Labaran, failed to react to the development, declining comments.

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