No reprieve for Dasuki as Supreme Court adjourns case till January next year
Former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) will yet mark time in detention as the a Supreme Court has adjourned till January 25, 2018 hearing on the appeal he filed against the Federal Government seeking his release from the hold.
The ECOWAS court had in a judgment delivered on October 4, 2016, ordered the Federal Government to immediately release Dasuki from detention, but the Federal Government refused to comply with the order. No reason was cited except that the ex-NSA has other pending cases in various court. He thus approached the apex court seeking to action the verdict of the ECOWAS court and two other courts which granted him bail.
Dasuki, who served the NSA under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, is challenging his continued detention despite the fact that he was granted bail by three different courts where he is facing trail.
The former NSA is facing two separate charges before the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court at Maitama over alleged illegal diversion of about $2.1billion meant for the purchase of arms in what is now dubbed Dasukigate.
He is equally on trial before the Federal High Court in Abuja on charges bordering on money laundering and his alleged illegal possession of firearms to combat terrorism in the North-East.
Though he was released on bail by the three courts, Dasuki has been in detention since November 3, 2015. His trial has been interpreted by some lawyers as purely political and clearly against the grain of law and legality.