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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Why Former NSA Will Spend Christmas in Prison

Kandywandy - 17:26:00


Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki is very likely to spend the Christmas holiday in prison despite fulfilling the bail conditions given to him.
Dasuki has spent four days in Kuje Prison, Abuja, despite being granted bail on Monday, December
21, 2015.
According to Dasuki’s lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN), the former NSA is still being held due to the inability of his legal team to secure a certain document.
“He (Dasuki) has been able to meet all the bail conditions after he was granted bail by the court. The only thing we are yet to get is the signature of the judge for his release,” Raji told Leadership.
The bail was granted by Justice Peter Affem of the Abuja High Court who ordered Dasuki to produce N250 million with a surety in like sum.
The former NSA had also, on Friday, December 18, been granted N250 million bail in a different case by Justice Husseini Baba Yusuf, also of the Abuja High Court, before whom he has been charged with money laundering and criminal breach of trust.
Dasuki is being investigated for allegedly supervising the laundering of $2 billion in funds meant for the procurement of arms for Nigeria’s military.
He was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on December 1, 2015 and handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) the following day.
President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the arrest of Dasuki and others indicted in the alleged fraud after receiving a report submitted by a panel instituted by him to probe Nigeria’s arms purchases from 2007-2015.
The former NSA has been in the eye of the storm since being removed by Buhari in July.
His homes in Sokoto and Abuja were raided by agents of the DSS and he was subsequently charged with money laundering and illegal possession of weapons.
The EFCC has also arrested 20 of Dasuki's former staff and Chairman of Africa Independent Television (AIT), Raymond Dokpesi in connection with the allegations.
Dasuki has pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him.
The EFCC had earlier opposed the former NSA's bail application saying that releasing him would leave him open to attacks from relatives of soldiers who died due

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