The Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday released Col. Sambo Dasuki, the ex-National Security Adviser, from detention.
Dasuki who has been in detention since 2015 was released following pressure from the United States and other international community.
Ahmed Raji (SAN), Mr. Dasuki’s lawyer, confirmed that his client was released this night, just few hours ago.
The Federal Government had ignored court orders and kept Dasuki in detention since December 2015. Court had repeatedly issued orders for the DSS to release the ex-NSA.
Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, had earlier today released a statement saying that the DSS had been directed to comply with court orders and release Dasuki and Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, who the DSS shamelessly re-arrested in court premises on December 6, even against court order granting him bail.
Malami noted that the directive to release Dasuki was issued by President Muhammadu Buhari in compliance with court orders granting him bail four years ago.
Buhari was apparently pressured into releasing the two men as everyone knows very well that the president is actually not interested in obeying unfavourable court orders.
Read Malami’s statement below;
RELEASE OF COL. SAMBO DASUKI (RTD.) AND OMOYELE SOWORE
1. The Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation has reviewed the pending criminal charges against the duo of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and Omoyele Sowore. Whilst the Federal High Court has exercised its discretion in granting bail to the Defendants in respect of the charges against them, I am also not unmindful of the right of the Complainant/Prosecution to appeal or further challenge the grant of bail by the court having regards to extant legal provisions, particularly Section 169 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
However, my Office has chosen to comply with the court orders while considering the pursuit of its rights of appeal and/or review of the order relating to the bail as granted or varied by the courts.
2. In line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), and in compliance with the bail granted to Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) (as recently varied by the Court of Appeal) and the bail granted to Omoyele Sowore, I have directed the State Security Services to comply with the order granting bail to the Defendants and effect their release.
3. The two Defendants are enjoined to observe the terms of their bail and refrain from engaging in any act that is inimical to public peace and national security as well as their ongoing trial which will run its course in accordance with the laws of the land.
4. I wish to reiterate again the utmost regard of my Office for the entire judicial structure of Nigeria. This administration remains unrelenting in deepening the rule of law and the administration of justice in general.
ABUBAKAR MALAMI, SAN
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