The Federal Ministry of Justice has urged a Federal High Court in Abuja to rescind a bail order granted to former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), on September 1, 2015 with respect to the four counts of money laundering and illegal possession of firearms for which he is being prosecuted.
According to the FG, the revocation was important in order for it to arrest Dasuki and the other persons indicted alongside him for embezzling $2bn meant for the purchase of arms from 2007 to date.
It said the indictment was contained in the interim report by the committee auditing procurement of Arms/Equipment in the Armed Forces and Defence Sector from 2007 to date which was recently submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Through its application filed last Friday, the Federal Government sought an order remanding the ex-NSA in prison pending his trial.
On two separate occasions, the court had ordered the FG to allow Dasuki travel abroad for medical treatment, but each time the FG chose to disobey the court. The Attorney general and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, who was expected to appear before the court on Monday failed to show up. Instead, the director of public prosecution, Mohammed Diri appeared on his behalf.
The FG application sought “An order of this honourable court revoking the bail of the defendant/respondent (FG) granted on September 1, 2015, in Charge No: FHC/ABJ/CR/319/2015 and committing him to prison pending trial.”
Director, Public Prosecution of the Federation, Diri, complained to Justice Adeniyi Ademola on Monday that the constant absence of Dasuki and his accomplices in court contravened provisions of section 266 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act which he argued made it mandatory for a defendant to always be present in court for his trial.
In his application seeking the revocation of the ex-NSA’s bail, Diri said intelligence had revealed that Dasuki was planning to escape justice and tamper with ongoing investigation by taking advantage of the order granted him by the court on November 4 to travel to the United Kingdom on health grounds.