Former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki has been prevented from travelling abroad for medical attention by the Department of State Security Service, DSS.
Nigerian Pilot yesterday learnt that Dasuki, who was billed to travel on Wednesday night, was stopped by security operatives at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja based on fresh allegation bordering on alleged security issues levelled against him.
Dasuki reportedly returned to the airport yesterday morning to make his trip but was also prevented by the same security agents, who did not however give him any reason for their action. A High Court presided over by justice Adeniyi Ademola had on Tuesday granted Col. Dasuki’s request for his passport to be released to enable him travel abroad to take care of a nagging prostrate cancer.
The embattled former NSA is said to have returned to his Asokoro house, following the aborted trip and was considering returning to the Federal High Court to seek redress against the DSS, whose agents halted his movement abroad.
A source close to the former NSA said Dasuki was in his house as at the time Nigerian Pilot made inquiry. The source denied reports that Dasuki had again been placed under house arrest by the DSS, explaining: “The security agents only prevented Dasuki from travelling on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. He has returned to his house and is not under house arrest.”
It could be recalled that the DSS operatives had on Tuesday attempted to arrest a former Adamawa State Governor, Boni Haruna, who had gone to court to stand surety for Dasuki. Haruna, a former minister in the cabinet of President Goodluck Jonathan, was reportedly questioned on how he knew that Dasuki would be granted bail and why he went there as a surety while he was docked some months ago.
Dasuki is standing trial for alleged unlawful possession of fire arms and money laundering.
Delivering ruling on the application filed by Dasuki earlier, Justice Adeniyi Ademola granted the former NSA a period of three weeks within which to take care of his health abroad and return to the country.
However, the trial judge who had granted bail to Dasuki on self recognition varied the bail condition which now included a surety who will write an undertaking to produce the accused person on the next adjourned date.
Justice Ademola also said that the surety should be ready to take the position of the accused in case the former NSA refuses to return to the country to answer charges preferred against him by the Federal Government.
In the alternative, Justice Ademola ordered that any of the senior counsels to the accused person can sign an undertaking to take his place before the international passport of the accused is released.
In the ruling which lasted for over an hour, the judge had dismissed the objection of the Federal Government to the request of Dasuki, adding that it was the right of every citizen of Nigeria to choose where to seek medical attention.
He disagreed with the prosecution that the disease could be treated in Nigeria, adding that a letter from the Chief Medical Director of the National Hospital is of no probate value because the letter did not say categorically that the disease can be treated at the hospital.
Justice Ademola dismissed the claims of the prosecution that the three weeks period if granted the accused will delay the trial, adding that from the record of the court, the delay in the trial had always been at the instance of the prosecution.
On the whole, Justice Adeniyi Ademola ordered the court Registrar to release the travel documents of the former National Security Adviser upon the perfection of the terms attached to the order.
He ordered Dasuki to return his travel documents to the custody of the court within seventy-two hours of arrival from his trip.
Trial has been adjourned to the 26 and 27 of November 2015.

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