dasukiA Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, summoned the newly appointed Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), over the continued occupation of the Abuja house of embattled Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), by operatives of the DSS.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola, before whom the Federal Government is prosecuting Dasuki for money laundering and illegal arms possession charges, directed the AGF or his representative to appear in court on Monday.
The judge wants the AGF to explain why the ex-NSA was still at home despite an order of the court on November 3, permitting him to embark on a three-week medical trip to the United Kingdom.
The judge had fixed yesterday for the hearing of an application by Dasuki asking the court to order the operatives of the DSS to vacate his residence at 13 John Kadiya Street, Asokoro District, Abuja.
The application which was filed on‎ November 9, also sought an order of the court extending the period of his trip abroad to make up for the delay already caused by the DDS siege on his home.
In his ruling, the judge ruled that Sambo must be allowed to travel without delay.
Ademola ruled that “court orders must be obeyed. What is wrong in the defendant travelling and coming back to face trial? Only a fit person can stand for trial and investigation. My orders will not be flouted,” the judge ruled.
Dasuki was not present in court during the yesterday’s proceedings.
But the judge while adjourning the matter yesterday said he needed to hear from the AGF as to why Dasuki had not been allowed to embark on his medical trip despite the order granted him on November 3.
Dasuki had instituted a suit challenging the enforcement of his fundamental rights against the Federal Government.
Dasuki, who has been placed under house arrest by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, is asking the court for a mandatory order compelling government and its agents, especially DSS, to vacate his house in Asokoro with immediate effect.
In the suit filed by his counsel, Mr. Ahmed Adeniyi Raji (SAN), Dasuki asked the court to stop the siege on his house and remove all impediments, human and non-human barricade and bulwarks said to have hindered the permission granted him since November 3, to travel abroad for treatment of a medical condition.
In a 13-paragraph affidavit in support of the motion, Dasuki claimed that following the order of November 3 permitting him to go abroad for medical attention; he immediately purchased his travel ticket and boarding pass issued to him to accomplish the trip.
He averred that shortly after, the operatives of the DSS acting on behalf of the Federal Government stormed and barricaded his house at Asokoro in brazen defiance of the court order and prevented him from travelling out.
The Federal Government had preferred criminal charges of unlawful possession of firearms and money laundering against Dasuki at the Federal High Court. He denied the charges and was granted bail.
As a result of his successful application, Justice Adeniyi Ademola on November 3 granted him permission to travel abroad to treat his ailment.

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