Court orders release of Dasuki’s passport

Former national security adviser of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Sambo Dasuki (R), speaks with his lawyer Ahmed Raji, during his trial at the federal high court in Abuja, on September 1, 2015. Nigerian prosecutors on September 1, 2015 slapped a charge of unlawful possession of arms against Dasuki. Dasuki was arraigned on a "one-count charge of being in possession of firearms without licence," Prosecutor Mohammed Diri told the federal high court in Abuja. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

A high court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Maitama has ordered the release of the international traveling passport of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (retd.) to him.

The Court ordered the registrar of the court to release the document to Dasuki through his counsel, Malam Ahmed Raji SAN, to enable him carry out renewal of the document having become expired since the court took its custody.

The order of the court issued by Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf for the release of the passport was also to enable Dasuki obtain a visa for a specialised medical consultation abroad after having been in detention for four years.

Dasuki, along with four others, is standing trial before the court on alleged charges of breach of trust and money-laundering.

Justice Baba-Yusuf’s decision followed the application brought by Dasuki’s lawyer, Mr. Ahmed Raji, SAN, under Sections 1, 2, 491 and 492 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act. ACJA, 2015 and the inherent powers of the court.

The judge, while delivering ruling on Dasuki’s application, said that since the request was not opposed by the EFCC, which put the defendant on trial, It was wise to grant the request.

Meanwhile, trial in the charges has been fixed for March 13, 20120.

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