Court grants Dasuki, Bafarawa, Yuguda, Attahiru, Salisu bail
Remands them in custody till conditions are met
An Abuja High Court yesterday granted the bail request of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), former Minister of Finance, Bashir Yuguda, former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, and his son, Sagir Attahiru, but ordered their remand in prison custody pending the perfection of their bail conditions.
Former Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Mr. Shuaibu Salisu, was also granted bail.
They are all standing trial on a 22- count charge of unlawful diversion of N13.6 billion meant for arms purchase, and criminal breach of trust.
Delivering his ruling on their bail applications, Justice Peter Affen acceded to the accused persons’ request for freedom in the sum of N250 million each, with two sureties in like sum. “Pending the perfection of the bail conditions, the accused persons are to be remanded in prison custody”, he ordered.
Justice Affen also ordered that one of the sureties must be a retired or serving Director in the Federal Civil Service. He specified that the second surety must be an owner of a landed property within the Federal Capital Territory, which value must not be below N250million, and ordered that the title deed of the said property be tendered to the Registrar of the High Court for verification and custody.
The judge asked lawyers for the accused to vouch for the character of the two sureties who should depose to an affidavit of means. He also curtailed the movement of the accused by ordering that they submit their international passports to the court’s registrar since they are barred from traveling outside the jurisdiction of the court without permission.
According to EFCC, the accused persons allegedly conspired to divert N13.6 billion from the office of the NSA meant to purchase arms to fight insurgency.
Upon their arraignment, the accused persons had pleaded not guilty to each of the 22 counts and applied for bail, placing reliance on provisions of sections 158, 162, 165, 167 and 168 (b) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, as well as section 36(5) (6) of the 1999 Constitution.
Although EFCC’s counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), opposed the bail requests, Justice Affen ruled in favour of bail for the accuseds persons.
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