Again, Yuguda, Dasuki, others get N250m bail each.


Justice Peter Affem of an Abuja High Court has granted bail in the sum of N250 million each to former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and others standing trial with him.
Others are Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda; i, Shuaibu Salisu, a former Director of Finance and Administration, Office of the National Security Adviser; Attahiru Dalhatu Bafawara, former governor of Sokoto State; and Sagir Attahiru, Bafarawa’s son.
The accused are however been remanded at Kuje Prison pending the fulfillment of their bail conditions.
This is the second court that will be granting bail to Dasuki within some days.
Justice Hisseini Baba Yusuf of another Abuja High court last week granted bail to Dasuki, Raymond Dokpesi alongside former director of finance Shaibu Salisu and three others in another related case.
The accused persons were arraigned before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 22-count charge bordering on breach of trust, dishonestly receiving stolen property, misappropriation, conspiracy and retention of proceeds of crime totaling N19billion.
The court after going through the bail applications, noted that bail is not about freeing an accused but an action where bail bonds are signed, so that the accused persons will be readily available for trial, in which the court is expected to exercise its discretion ‘judicially and judiciously’, putting into consideration the need for speedy dispensation of justice.
Affem made recourse to Section 162 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, and averred that, with the charges filed against the accused, the list of witnesses and proof of evidence, shows that exhaustive investigation had been conducted into the matter.
Justice Affem averred that, if the prosecution had envisaged that the accused persons had intent to subvert justice if granted bail, it should have furnished with substantial evidence to back its claims.
In his ruling, he disregarded ill-health claims by Bafarawa and his son who said they were suffering from diabetes and gastric ulcer, and held that they did not back up their claims with substantial evidences.
He thereafter granted the defendants bail in the sum of N250m each with two sureties in like sum, one of which must be serving or retired civil or public servant of the rank of director, with proof that they have the wherewithal to provide the said sum in the event of the defendants jumping bail.
Each of the sureties must also submit to the court registrar property deed which must be equivalent to the sum of N250million and must be within Abuja, while their counsel must recommend in writing that the sureties are of good standing.
Justice Afem ordered the defendants to be remanded in Kuje Prison pending the fulfillment of their bail conditions, as they are also expected to submit their international passports and other international travelling instruments to the court.
The matter was adjourned to February 2, and 3, 2016 for trial.
In court for solidarity with the accused persons were a former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode and the embattled founder of Daar group, Raymond Dokpesi.

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