The Court of Appeal in Abuja has validated the continued detention of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki and held that his re-arrest after he was released from prison custody on December 29, 2015 was not a violation of any existing order. In a judgement delivered on Wednesday evening by a panel of five Justices led by Justice Abdul Aboki, the court dismissed two separate appeals filed by Dasuki against the earlier rulings by Justices Husein Baba Yusuf of the High Court of the Federal Capital territory (FCT), Abuja and Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The judges had held that the decision of the Department of State Services (DSS) to re-g Dasuki after he was released by Kuje prison, upon meeting the bail conditions granted him by three judges before whom he is standing trial, was not a violation of any existing orders. However, Dasuki, through his lawyer, Joseph Duadu, appealed the decisions of both judges, arguing that his continued detention was a violation of the orders releasing him on bail and prayed the court to stop his ongoing trials before two separate judges of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama.
The appellate court, in a unanimous decision, held that Dasuki’s appeal was incompetent and dismissed it.