48 hours after fresh bail, Buhari refuses to release Dasuki

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Despite telling the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands that he respects the Rule of Law, President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to obey a fresh bail granted a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The Federal High Court in Abuja had on Tuesday formally served Dasuki’s warrant of release on the Director General of the Department of State Security Services (DSS), Lawan Daura, and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

The court had on July 2, 2018, granted Dasuki conditional bails which he perfected fully on Tuesday.

PRNigeria gathered that around 1pm on Tuesday, a court bailiff accompanied by the two sureties who stood for Dasuki officially served the Director General of DSS and Minister of Justice with the warrant of release from the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Although the sureties had anticipated that the detained ex-NSA would be handed over to them, sources, however, said that the DSS boss may need to contact Buhari before finally handing over Dasuki to the sureties in compliance with the judgment of the Federal High Court.

The warrant of release dated July 16, 2018 with a title ‘Verification of Bail Conditions’ and signed by Mba Nkem A. Omotosho, Deputy Chief Registrar was served on the DSS Headquarters and the Office of Minister of Justice in Abuja.

The warrant of release reads in part: "Pursuant to the judgement Order made on Monday the 2nd day of July 2018 granted by his lordship, Hon Justice Ijeoma L. Ojukwu, directing various conditions to be fulfilled prior to the Release on Bail of the Applicant (Col. Sambo Dasuki Rtd).

"I have scrupulously verified the entire conditions of bail as ordered by his lordship and the three ambits are fulfilled.

"Hence, the respondents, the Director-General, State Security Services, and Attorney General of the Federation are hereby notified as directed by his lordship for the subsequent compliance of same.

"Attached herewith is the enrolled Order of the Court and all the necessary bail documents for your perusal and aggrandizement."

Before the latest judgment by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on his Fundamental Human Rights, Dasuki had previously perfected bails granted him by four different judges of high courts including Justices Ademola Adeniyi and Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Abuja Federal High Court and Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf and Peter Affen of the FCT High Courts. The ECOWAS Court of Justice also ordered his immediate release from detention.

Friends, associates and well-wishers of the former National Security Adviser had gathered at his residence as early as 8am on Tuesday eagerly awaiting his final release from detention by the federal government.

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