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Dasuki Former NSA to be detained in Kuje Prison

The order was given today, December 21, 2015, by Justice Peter Affem who granted Dasuki bail in the sum of N250 million each with a surety in like sum.

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A high court in Abuja has ordered the detention of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki at the Kuje Prison pending the fulfilment of bail conditions given to him.

The order was given today, December 21, 2015, by Justice Peter Affem who granted Dasuki bail in the sum of N250 million with a surety in like sum.

According to Affem, the surety must be a civil servant, serving or retired and not less than the rank of a director.

Dasuki and his co-accused, former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda; a former director of finance at the office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu; a former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa and his son, Sagir, will also be expected to submit their passports to the court registrar.

The former NSA had also, on Friday, December 18, been granted N250 million bail in a different case by Justice Husseini Baba Yusuf, also of the Abuja High Court, before whom he has been charged with money laundering and criminal breach of trust.

Dasuki is being investigated for allegedly supervising the laundering of $2 billion in funds meant for the procurement of arms for Nigeria’s military.

He was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on December 1, 2015 and handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) the following day.

President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the arrest of Dasuki and others indicted in the alleged fraud after receiving a report submitted by a panel instituted by him to probe Nigeria’s arms purchases from 2007-2015.

READ: Dasuki accused of N337 billion fraud

The former NSA has been in the eye of the storm since being removed by Buhari in July.

READ: DSS raids Dasuki's home again

His homes in Sokoto and Abuja were raided by agents of the DSS and he was subsequently charged with money laundering and illegal possession of weapons.

The EFCC has also arrested 20 of Dasuki's former staff and Chairman of Africa Independent Television (AIT), Raymond Dokpesi in connection with the allegations.

Dasuki has pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him.

The EFCC had earlier opposed the former NSA's bail application saying that releasing him would leave him open to attacks from relatives of soldiers who died due to the under-funding of the military.

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