The Court of Appeal in Abuja has ordered the release of former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki and declared the continuous detention since December 2015 by the Department of State Security Service (DSS) as illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.
In a unanimous judgment of a 3 – man panel of Justices of the court led by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe- Wilson, the court held that the fundamental right of the former NSA had been grossly breached by the prolonged detention without trial in any fresh charge or investigation contrary to the provisions of the 1999 constitution.
The appellate court subsequently admitted Dasuki to bail in the sum of N100m and two sureties in the like sum.
The two sureties who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction shall be serving public servants, not below the status of level 16 officers in either state or public service of the Federation or any of their agencies and shall produce valid documents of their status to the registrar of the federal high court in Abuja. They must depose to an affidavit of means and furnish evidence of ownership of property in the Federal Capital Territory worth N100m.
The court also imposed a fine of N5m as compensation for breach of Dasuki’s fundamental right and ordered that the DSS and its Director-General should only conduct questioning within the working days from 9 am to 6 pm.
A federal high court and the FCT high court had granted bail to Dasuki at different times.