FG Orders Release of Dasuki, Sowore
By Samuel Victor Akpan
The Federal Government has ordered the release of Colonel Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser (NSA) and Omoyele Sowore, Convener of the #RevolutionNow movement.
This was revealed in a statement released on Tuesday by Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.
Malami said the decision comes after a “review of the pending criminal cases against Dasuki and Sowore by the Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation.”
While stating that the Federal High Court had “exercised its discretion in granting bail to the defendants in respect of the charges against them”, Malami acknowledged the rights of the prosecution to “appeal the grant of bail by the court with regards to extant legal provisions.”
“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.”
“In line with the provision 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”, said Malami.
He added: “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 trail which will run its course in accordance with the laws of the land.”
“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.”
Col. Sambo Dasuki was arrested on December 1, 2015, by the State Security Service (SSS) for allegedly stealing $2.1bn and giving out ghost contracts to buy arms for Nigeria’s military.
Omoyele Sowore, on the other hand, was arrested by the Department of State Service (DSS) on August 3, 2019, for planned nationwide protests against the federal government.