FG appeals court’s order on Dasuki’s passport

The Federal Government has appealed the decision
by the Federal High Court, Abuja to release the
international passport of former National Security
Adviser (NSA), Mohammed Sambo Dasuki, to
enable him travel abroad.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola had on September 3,
granted Dasuki’s prayer for the release of his
passport to enable him travel to the United
Kingdom on health ground.

He is said to be suffering from colorectal cancer,
the form of cancer that affects the cells of the colon
or the rectum.

In a notice of appeal filed for the Federal
Government by the Director of Public Prosecution
of the Federation (DPPF), Muhammad Diri, the
Court of Appeal, Abuja was urged to reverse the
decision by Justice Ademola on the ground that the
judge erred in relying on the authority of Ibori v.
the state.

Diri argued that “the order of the trial court
releasing the international passport is perverse
and ought to be quashed. The decision is
unwarranted, unreasonable and cannot be
supported having regard to the facts of the case.”

Diri told the Federal High Court Thursday that the
appeal was not yet entered because the court’s
record of proceedings has not been made available
to the prosecution team. He equally handed a copy
of the appeal notice to Dasuki’s lawyer, Joseph
Daudu (SAN).

Earlier, the court dismissed the prosecution’s
application seeking to compel Dasuki to attend

Justice Ademola held that under the Administration
of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, a defendant
need not attend court during the hearing of
interlocutory motions.

The judge adjourned to December 3 for the
hearing of pending applications, including the
prosecution’s motion seeking an order revoking the
bail granted the defendant (Dasuki) on September1
this year.

The motion is hinged on the ground that Dasuki
was being investigated in relation to his alleged
involvement in the mismanagement of funds
meant for the purchase of arms and military
equipment under the Goodluck Jonathan

“Interim report as submitted to the Federal
Government indicated that resources running into
over $2billion were allegedly corruptly embezzled
and the investigation is unfolding further facts that
require the presence of the respondent to assist in
the investigation.

“As a result of the interim report submitted to the
Federal Government, there is a government
directive for the arrest of all those indicted by the
report, including the defendant. The public interest
of the nation is at stake and investigation has to be
properly conducted to logical conclusion.

“The on-going investigation, which borders on
money laundering against the defendant has also
not been concluded and there is fear that
investigation might be tampered with on account of
foreign visit by the respondent before the
completion of investigation.

“Intelligence revealed that the defendant has
concluded plans to take advantage of the order of
this court releasing his international passport to
escape justice and tamper with ongoing

It stated that it had received information from the
National Hospital, Abuja that the ailment
complained about by Dasuki, and for which he
seeks to travel abroad was “not a life threatening
ailment and facilities are locally available for the
The Chief medical Director of the National Hospital,
Dr. J.A.F. Momoh, in a letter written in response to
inquiry by the Solicitor General of the Federation
(SGF), Taiwo Abidogun on whether Dasuki’s ailment
could be treated in the country, answered in the

Part of the letter dated October 26, 2015 reads; “the
treatment of colorectal cancer involves pre-
treatment investigations, which include ultrasound,
computerized scanner and other laboratory tests
to facilitate surgery.

“These investigations as well as the surgical
expertise for surgical treatment of this lesion are
available at the National Hospital as well as some
teaching hospitals in Nigeria. Following the
surgery, there is almost always need for adjuvant
chemotherapy, which are equally available in

“I submit that facilities needed to treat colorectal
cancer, including external beam radiotherapy in
very advanced colorectal cancer are available in
National Hospital, Abuja.”

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