Justice Ademola Adeniyi of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja will today decide whether or not to release the international passport of the former National Security Adviser (NSA) to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki, for medical treatment abroad.
Also today, the court will decide whether to shield the identity of prosecution witnesses in the case as well as grant them access to non-public route to and from the court premises.
During the trial yesterday, lead lawyer to Dasuki, Joseph Daudu (SAN), prayed the court to release the international passport of Dasuki to enable him travel out of the country for medical check-up.
Arguing the motion for the release of Dasuki’s passport, Daudu told the court that the only reason for bail for an accused person is to secure his attendance for trial.
He urged the court to grant the request of his client for the release of his passport for medical treatment abroad.
Opposing the application, the prosecution lawyer, Mohammed Diri, in his argument told the court that the ailment for which the applicant (Dasuki) is seeking the release of his international passport to travel abroad can be treated here in Nigeria.
He further argued that apart from illegal possession of firearms, the accused person is also being charged for money laundering offences.
“He (Dasuki) was granted bail on the condition that he will deposit his internal passport with the registrar of the court and if it is release to him, he will be on bail on no condition.”
Dasuki was last week re-arraigned on amended five count charges.
The amended charge was brought pursuant to Section 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and filed in court by counsel to the prosecution, Shuaibu Labaran.
After the five-count charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty and was granted bail.