Embattled former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Mohammed Dasuki (rtd) has been granted three weeks permission to travel abroad to enable him take care of a threatening prostrate cancer. A Federal High Court in Abuja, moved by the pathetic condition of the former NSA, yesterday granted him permission to travel abroad for medical attention pending the commencement of his trial.
Dasuki is standing trial for alleged unlawful possession of fire arms and money laundering.
Delivering ruling on the application filed by Dasuki, 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 earlier 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 proffered against him by the Federal Government.
In the alternative, Justice Ademola ordered that any of the senior counsel 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 over an hour, the judge 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 ailment 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 claim that the former NSA is being investigated for money laundering charges, Justice Ademola recalled the affidavit filed before the court by the prosecution confirmed that investigations have been concluded and that they are ready for trial.
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 26th and 27th of November, 2015.

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