On Tuesday, the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, gave former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), the nod to travel abroad for medical treatment.
Dasuki was the former national security adviser to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan. He was arraigned on a one-count charge of being in possession of various range of firearms without requisite licence, an offence punishable under section 27 (1)(a) of the Firearms Act Cap F28 LFN 2004.
The discovery was made during a raid of his house situated at 13, John Khadiya Street, Asokoro, Abuja on July 17, 2015.
Justice Ademola Adeniyi hinged his decision to give Dasuki the three weeks medical leave abroad on his “deteriorating health condition.”
Justice Adeniyi also dismissed fears by the Federal Government that the former NSA, could go into hiding once allowed outside the shores of Nigeria.
The Federal Government, had through the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Mr. Mohammed Diri, opposed Dasuki’s application to be allowed to go for medical checkup abroad.
The DPP told the court that the government had already commenced a fresh investigation on another money laundering case involving the erstwhile NSA, saying the application was only aimed at frustrating his trial.
Besides, the Federal Government contended that the National Hospital in Abuja is well equipped to handle whatever ailment Dasuki is suffering from.
However, while dismissing Federal Government’s objections, yesterday, Justice Adeniyi held that “every citizen has a right to choose the medical facility he wants to be treated in, whether in Nigeria or abroad.”
The judge also ordered the release of Dasuki's international passport which was seized as part of his bail conditions, with orders that Dasuki surrenders it (international passport) to the Deputy Chief Registrar Litigation, within 72 hours upon his return.
Meanwhile, shortly after the ruling, the former governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Boni Haruna, signed an undertaking to take the place of the ex-NSA should he fail to return to the country after three weeks to continue his trial.