BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Federal Government on Tuesday finally caved in to pressure by ordering the release of former the National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki (retd) and the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami made this public.
The Minister said he has accordingly directed the State Security Services to comply with the order granting bail to both Dasuki and Sowore and effect their release.
The Justice Minister said the decision of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to release the two detainees is in compliance with the bail granted them by the court.
The Minister explained that his office reviewed the pending criminal charges against Dasuki and Sowore, adding that while the Federal High Court has exercised its discretion in granting bail to the Defendants in respect of the charges against them, he is also not unmindful of the right of the Complainant /Prosecution to appeal or further challenge the grant of bail by the court having regards to extant legal provisions, particularly Section 169 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
Malami further said; “However, my office has chosen to comply with the court orders while considering the pursuit of its rights of appeal and/or review of the order relating to the bail as granted or varied by the courts.
“In line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), and in compliance with the bail granted to Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) (as recently varied by the Court of Appeal) and the bail granted to Omoyele Sowore, I have directed the State Security Services to comply with the order granting bail to the Defendants and effect their release.
“The two defendants are enjoined to observe the terms of their bail and refrain from engaging in any act that is inimical to public peace and national security as well as their ongoing trial which will run its course in accordance with the laws of the land.
“I wish to reiterate again the utmost regard of my office for the entire judicial structure of Nigeria.
“This administration remains unrelenting in deepening the rule of law and the administration of justice in general.”