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Why We Can’t Release Sambo Dasuki - AGF Malami

The federal government has given reasons why it believes that the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), should not be granted bail.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said Dasuki’s personal right should be violated for the larger public good.

He accused Dasuki of being responsible for more than 100,000 deaths.

His comments came after a Federal High Court in Abuja recently granted Dasuki bail, the latest of such orders.
The former NSA was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) in December 2015, accused of illegal possession of firearms.

He was also accused of diverting $2.1 billion while he served as the NSA.

Dasuki is facing separate trials for the alleged offences.

Since his arrest in 2015, the former NSA has been granted bail multiple times by different courts. The latest bail was approved on July 2.

But the federal government has refused to release him.

Following the government’s failure to obey the various court orders, Dasuki’s lawyers asked the court to prevent the continuation of their client’s case on the grounds that the government agencies prosecuting Dasuki had refused to obey legitimate orders of court.

A new interview by Malami with the Voice of America, Hausa Service, has shed light on the government’s thinking.

In the interview conducted on July 13 and obtained by Premium Times, Malami claimed that the allegations against Dasuki were a matter of public interest, overriding an individual’s rights.

“What I want you to know is that issues concerning law and order under Muhammadu Buhari are sacrosanct and obeying court order is compulsory,” he said.

“However you should also know that there is a general consensus world over that where the dispute is only between individuals, then you can consider the issue based on the instant situation. But if the dispute is about an issue that affects an entire country, then you have to remember that government is about the people and not for only an individual."