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Dasuki Former NSA might not be going home anytime soon

This was disclosed by an agent of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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According to reports, former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki might be returned to the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) despite being freed on bail by the courts.

This was disclosed to The Nation by an agent of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC has charged Dasuki with money laundering and criminal breach of trust before two courts in Abuja, both of which have granted him bail to the tune of N250 million.

“We will obey court order to release Dasuki on bail but we may only return him to DSS custody because he was on remand warrant of a Chief Magistrate’s Court, which was obtained by the DSS, when we asked the agency to make him available to us for prosecution,” a source told The Nation.

"I think the remand warrant may have to do with security issues beyond our purview. In line with inter-agency cooperation, we took custody of Dasuki from the DSS, we will return him there. It is left to Dasuki to approach another court to vacate the remand warrant got by the DSS,” the source added.

Dasuki is currently still being detained in Kuje Prison, Abuja due to his inability to satisfy the bail conditions given to him.

He 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 DSS on December 1, 2015 and handed over to the 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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