By Ngozi Ekhator
Another Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja, Nigeria, on Monday granted bail to the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.)
Others granted bail include former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, ex-Minister of Finance, Bashir Yuguda, a former Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Mr. Shuaibu Salisu and two others on the condition that they provide N250m bond each and a surety in like sum.
Dasuki and the five accused, who are facing a 22-count criminal charge bordering on allegations of diversion, misappropriation and breach of trust in respect of N19.4 billion, brought against them by the federal government, were granted bail by Justice Peter Affen.
Justice Affen in his ruling mirrored that of the Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf, which last week granted Dasuki and four others bail, on the 19-count money laundering charges to the tune of N13 billion.
The judge also rehearsed the conditions for bail given by the higher court, directing that the six accused persons are to produce sureties, one must be a serving or retired Director in the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC).
“The sureties must provide property worth N250 million within Abuja, and an evidence of means.
“The defendants are also expected to deposit their travel passports and their counsel must notify the court of any intention by the defendants to travel out of Abuja. And until they perfect their bail conditions, the accused persons will remain remanded in the custody of the EFCC”, the judge ruled.
He also adjourned the matter for trial till February 02 and 03, 2016 respectively for definite hearing.
Dasuki and five other accused persons, comprising of Yuguda, Salisu, Bafarawa, his son; Saggir Bafarawa, and his company, Dalhatu Investment, are facing trial on the 22-count charge.