dasukiA Federal Capital

Territory High Court in

Abuja, presided by Justice

Peter Affen, yesterday

ruled that the continued

detention of the immediate

past National Security

Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki

(rtd.), did not violate his

order granting the ex-NSA

bail on December 21, 2015.

The judge dismissed

the application by Dasuki

seeking to stop his trial

for alleged diversion of

N19billion arms fund on

the grounds that his re-
arrest on December 29, 2015

violated the order of the

court granting him bail.

Justice Affen ruled that

the application lacked merit

and ordered that the trial

of the ex-NSA, who was

charged along with others,

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must continue. The judge

fixed April 20 and 22, for


Earlier, Justice Baba Yusuf

of the same court had

also on February 8 made

similar declaration that the

detention of the former

NSA was not in breach of

his order granting bail to

him on December 18, 2015.

The judge had fixed March

23 for commencement of


Embattled Dasuki

had also filed separate

applications before

the two judges asking

for orders prohibiting

the EFCC from further

prosecuting him on the

two separate sets of

charges pending before

the judges.

Among his other prayers

anchored on alleged

violation of the orders of

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the court by the EFCC,

Dasuki prayed the court

for an order discharging

him of the alleged crime

or alternatively staying


Meanwhile, Justice

Adeniyi Ademola of the

Federal High Court in

Abuja had on Thursday

fixed April 4 for ruling on

similar application filed

by Dasuki to stop his trial

on four counts of money

laundering and illegal

possession of firearms.

Col Dasuki was re-
arrested by operatives of

the Department of State

Service on December 29,

2015 shortly after he was

released from Kuje prison

upon fulfilling the bail

conditions imposed on

him by the two judges of

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the FCT High Court in


Justice Affen ruled

yesterday, that since it

was clear that the ex-
NSA was not re-arrested

by the EFCC but by the

Department of State

Service, the EFCC could

not be said to have

violated the said order

granting him bail.

The judge ruled that

though the EFCC and the

DSS were both federal

agencies, the wrongdoing

of one could not be blamed

on the order and also ruled

that the order granting

bail to the defendant did

not preclude him from

being re-arrested by other

agencies of the federal

government in respect of

other alleged crime.