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Dasuki, Bafarawa, others to be detained in Kuje Prison

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A high court in Abuja has ordered the detention of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki at the Kuje Prison pending the fulfilment of bail conditions given to him.

The order was given today, December 21, 2015, by Justice Peter Affem who granted Dasuki bail in the sum of N250 million each with a surety in like sum.

The Court remanded the ‎former Minister of Finance, Bashir Yuguda, former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa and his son, Sagir Attahiru in prison custody, pending the perfection of their bail conditions.

According to Affem, the surety must be a civil servant, serving or retired and not less than the rank of a director.

ABOVE: File: From right: Former National Security Adviser, NSA, to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd); former Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa; former Director of Finance, Office of the NSA, Mr. Salisu Shuaibu; former Director at Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Aminu Baba Kusa and former Minister of State for Finance, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, after their arraignment at an Abuja High Court by the Economc and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday. Photo credit: Vanguard

Dasuki and his co-accused, former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda; a former director of finance at the office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu; a former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa and his son, Sagir, will also submit their passports to the court registrar.

The court ordered all the accused persons to surrender their international passports, stressing that they should not travel outside the jurisdiction of the court without permission.

“Pending the perfection of the bail conditions, the accused persons are to be remanded in prison custody”, Justice Affen held.

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 to the under-funding of the military.

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