On Monday, a federal high court sitting in Abuja granted bail to Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA).
This is not the first time Dasuki will be granted bail. The court has released him on five previous occasions but the federal government refused to honour the order, in some cases filing fresh charges against him.
Dasuki was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) in 2015 over alleged diversion of $2.1billion arms funds.
Here are all the times the court has granted him bail:
Dasuki was first granted bail on August 30, 2015, by Adeniyi Ademola, then presiding judge of the federal capital teritory (FCT) high court.
Ademola granted Dasuki bail on self recognition following no objections by Mohammed Diri, the prosecuting counsel.
On December 18, 2015, Hussein Baba Yusuf, justice of the FCT high court granted Dasuki bail in the sum of N250 million bail alongside Salisu Shuaibu, a director of finance in the office of the NSA and one Aminu Kusa.
They were asked to provide a surety who owns a property in the FCT worth N250 million.
On January 24, 2017, Yusuf reaffirmed the bail on Dasuki on the grounds that he was entitled to it and having being admitted to same since 2015 when the federal government brought criminal charges against him.
Dasuki and five others were re-arraigned before Yusuf on criminal charges that were transferred from Peter Affen of the FCT high court.
Ahmed Raji, counsel to Dasuki, applied to the court to reaffirm the bail granted to the ex-NSA even though he has not “been allowed to enjoy” same since December 2015.
Raji argued that it was wrong of Rotimi Jacobs, prosecuting counsel, to have objected to the reaffirmation of the bail condition on Dasuki.
He added that Dasuki had in his possession, a judgment of the ECOWAS court which in 2016 set aside the unlawful detention of the ex-NSA.
Ahmed Mohammed, presiding judge of FCT high court, on April 5, 2017, reaffirmed the 2015 bail granted Dasuki after hearing the ex-NSA’s appeal of the amended seven-count charge against him.
Mohammed said since the prosecution counsel, Oladipo Opeseyi, did not object to Dasuki’s appeal, the court had to affirm same.
Yusuf, on May 18, 2018, further reaffirmed the bail he granted Dasuki in 2015.
Dasuki was arraigned on 32 counts amended charges along with Aminu Kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital.
Adeola Adedekpe, counsel to Dasuki, pleaded with the court to grant the defendants bail in liberal terms in view of the fact that they have been attending their trial since 2015.
Yusuf ruled that they continue to enjoy the bail he granted them in 2015 when they were first arraigned before his court.
Ijeoma Ojukwu, the presiding judge, on July 2, described Dasuki’s continuous detention as an aberration to the rule of law.
Ojukwu subsequently granted Dasuki a N200 million and two sureties in like sum.
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