A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered the Federal Government to immediately release the international passport of the immediate past National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki rtd to him to enable him to travel out of the country for medical attention.
The Street Journal recalls that Dasuki is standing trial for alleged possession of firearms and money laundering, a charge he denied upon his arraignment and his passport was held as part of his bail conditions.
Delivering ruling, the trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, after hearing the arguments of the prosecution and defence counsel, ordered the court registrar to release Dasuki’s passport to him.
The Judge held that the prosecution failed to show reason why the document should not be released and ordered the government to release the passport to the ex-NSA to enable him to travel abroad for three weeks for medical attention, after which he would return the passport.
Justice Ademola also held that the accused would be required to produce a surety or have his counsel issue an undertaking before he is released on bail, as his bail terms would be changed upon his return from the medical trip.
It would be recalled that Mr Ahmed Raji,SAN, Dasuki’s counsel, had urged the court to release the passport to enable his client to travel abroad for medical treatment.
Raji had contended in his submission in the application that Dasuki was sick and needed to treat himself abroad of an unknown ailment, saying: ”a dead man cannot defend himself.”
The prosecution counsel, Shuaibu Labaran, had however, opposed the application on the ground that it was a mere ploy by the accused to escape trial.