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Sowore, Dasuki released on pity – AGF, Malami.

…revolved around our commitment to the rule of law


The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has explained that the release of a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, from detention was due to the Federal Government having compassion for the duo. NobleReporters learnt

Dasuki spent more than four years in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) while Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, was held for almost five months.

According to a statement by the AGF spokesman Dr. Umar Gwandu on Friday, who quoted Mr Malami in an interview with the BBC Hausa and the Hausa Service of the Voice of America, the reason for the release of Dasuki and Sowore owes also to the commitment to the rule of law, obedience to court orders.


He stated that both men had multiple options after the court ruling, either to appeal or review the order.

“The only reasons for the release of Omoyele Sowore and Sambo Dasuki revolved around our commitment to the rule of law, obedience to court orders and compassionate grounds.


“It is important to understand the fact that as far as the law is concerned and in relation to the Nigerian justice system, one has multiple options after a court has ruled on a matter.

the right to appeal the said ruling, the right to ask the same court that issued an order to vary or review the terms of the order as well as the right to request for Stay of Execution of the order pending the hearing and determination of an appeal in that matter.”


Mr Malami denied the claim that his office received any formal communication from any American Senator on the matter, stating that it was not due to any domestic or international pressure on the Federal Government.

He maintained that FG has the right to keep detaining the suspects while challenging the order admitting them to bail up to the apex court.


“Even if we received any communication from them that will never be the basis on the part of the Federal Government to obey or disobey court orders emanating from Nigeria.

“The critical question that you may ask should be whether there is a strong suspicion of committing an offence or not. If there is a strong suspicion of committing an offence which deserved, as a matter of necessity, to be investigated through legal steps then there was no room for thinking of witch-hunting an individual, scoring acrimonies or personal vendetta against anyone.

The AGF stressed that Dasuki and Sowore can now enjoy bail based on the merit of their individual cases.

“The time has now come for Sambo Dasuki and Omoyele Sowore to also enjoy bail based on the merit of their individual cases. They were charged based on their individual cases, taken to court, granted bail and now have been released. All the individuals involved were treated fairly and justly; they were taken to court, enjoyed the court’s favourable discretion and they were all released,” he said.


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Why IMN leader El-Zakzaky and wife are not released – Malami

…as far as the law is concerned


Nigeria’s Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was not released along with journalist, Omoyele Sowore, and a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, because the Federal Government cannot interfere in a case already being prosecuted by a state government.

The AGF’s spokesperson, Dr Umar Gwandu, said his principal revealed this during interviews with the Hausa services of the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Voice of America.


He said, “El-Zakzaky and his wife are being prosecuted by the Kaduna State Government on charges of murder.

“The only reasons for the release of Omoyele Sowore and Sambo Dasuki revolved around our commitment to the rule of law, obedience to court orders and compassionate grounds.

“It is important to understand the fact that as far as the law is concerned and in relation to the Nigerian justice system, one has multiple options after a court has ruled on a matter.”

Orders to free El-Zakzaky had been ignored by the Kaduna State Government.


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Presidency isn’t my enemy – Dasuki said after freedom.

Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki, has said he holds no grudge against President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping him in detention for over four years, in spite of several court orders for his release.

Dasuki spoke during a radio interview with the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service shortly after he was released on Tuesday.

Asked if he felt his detention was a payback for the role he played in the 1985 coup, which ousted Buhari as military Head of State, Dasuki said: “I’m not aware of this. What I know is that God designed this to happen.

“I have no feud with anybody. I am more than that. I can’t engage in a feud with anyone. There is no call to be made to the government. You know everything that happened to one in life is designed by God. Ignorance and lack of understanding can make one to suffer himself. Anything that God destined it to be, it will be. You said I spent four years in detention, it is over today. Only God knows everything that will happen tomorrow.

“What is important is for everybody to be fair. Everybody who is a Muslim and who goes to the mosque knows that what the Imam preaches every day is to harp on the need for people to be fair and honest. There is a reason for this and we need to listen.”

Dasuki said with his release from detention in obedience to the orders of the court, he was willing to stand trial to defend himself against the allegations of money laundering and sundry charges.

“Yes, we have been going to court. It stopped because they were asked to release me and they did not release me. I resolved that anytime they release me, I will appear before the court and defend myself. I am ready,” he said.

However, Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom, has applauded Nigerians whose dogged clamour, he said, led to the release of pro-democracy campaigner, Omoyele Sowore and Dasuki.

Ortom, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, posited that Nigeria, which prides itself as the giant of Africa and beacon of democracy, must at all times, be seen as a champion of the rule of law and respecter of human rights.

“The governor stresses that countries which practice true democracy across the world obey court orders and respect the fundamental rights of their citizens.”

Ortom also called on the Federal Government to review its decision to give all travelers with African passports visas on arrival with effect from January 2020.

The governor said if the policy sails through, it would mean that Africans wishing to travel to Nigeria can freely do so whenever they desire without recourse to the security of the nation.

The Benue governor said as popular as the policy sounds, it portends danger as Nigeria could be turned into a safe heaven for persons with questionable character “as terrorists and other criminals who would come into the country without hindrance.”

Ortom, therefore, appealed to President Buhari to reconsider the decision in the interest of the nation.

Meanwhile, former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has commended the United States Senators and government for mounting pressures on the Nigerian government for the release of Sowore and Dasuki.

Frank also thanked Nigerians, especially human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, who fought for justice even with threats to his life, praying that posterity will judge him favourably.

Frank said if not for pressure by the USA government and its senators, Sowore would still be languishing in DSS detention without charge.

Frank, in a statement, yesterday, said: “Truly, American government is the police of the world.”

He urged President Buhari’s government to apologise to Dasuki and Sowore for trampling on their rights.

Frank equally appealed to the USA, European Union (EU), United Nations (UN) lovers of democracy and Nigerians in diaspora to mount more pressure on the government to release other political prisoners.

He suggested to the USA, EU and democratic countries to issue visa ban on the government officials whose stock in trade is to disobey court orders that does not favour them.

“Sowore, like Dasuki, were granted bail by courts of competent jurisdiction, but General Buhari and the cabal decided to flaunt the order. Dasuki spent four years in DSS detention despite several bail granted him by the courts, while Sowore was rearrested a day after he was granted bail without charges. I call on the USA government despite the blackmail to do more to ensure that other political detainees and journalists are freed.

“It is a shame that this government cannot put its house in order; they speak from both sides of the mouth as they are clueless.

“Last week, the Attorney General, Malami said he cannot order the DSS to release Sowore without recourse to the court, yet a week later, he ordered the same DSS to release Sowore. What has changed in a week to make the AGF order the DSS to release Sowore? It is the pressure from the international community, especially American senators and USA government that had compelled this clueless government to release Sowore.

“A few days ago, the spokesperson of General Buhari, Femi Adesina, said nobody appointed the USA the police of the world, yet a few days later, they have not only released Sowore, but also Dasuki. And the AGF suddenly remembers he can appeal their bail. The fear of the police of the world made you release Sowore,” Frank said.

#Newsworthy…

Timi Frank Thanks U.S Intervention As Sowore, Dansuki Regains Freedom.

…Demands US, EU, UN visa ban govt officials

The former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has commended the United States Senate and Government for mounting pressure on the Nigerian Government for the release of detained activist, Omoyele Sowore and former National Security Adviser, Sabo Dasuki, both of whom were released on Tuesday.

The political activist also thanked Nigerians, especially human rights lawyer Femi Falana, who stood up to fight for justice, despite threats to their lives.

Frank argued that if not for the pressure by the US Government and some of its senators, Sowore would still be languishing in a DSS detention facility without charge.

Reacting to the releases in a statement he personally signed on Wednesday in Abuja, Frank said: “Truly the American Government is the police of the world.”

He urged the Buhari administration to apologise to the duo for tramping on their rights.

Frank equally appealed to the USA, EU, UN and all lovers of democracy, including Nigerians in the diaspora, to mount more pressure on the Nigerian Government to release other political prisoners.

He suggested to the USA, EU and all democratic countries to issue visa bans on officials of the Buhari administration who ignore the rule of law.

“General Buhari’s government has succeeded in oppressing its citizens; no more freedom of speech and the right to assembly; just a few days ago, General Buhari/APC thugs beat to stupor Deji Adeyanju, the activist, for protesting the continued detention of Sowore, yet the ruling party had the nerve to accuse the opposition party of masterminding the attack; indeed this government is not only clueless but shameless,” the statement read.

“I appeal to the USA, EU and all democratic countries where rule of law applies to issue visa ban on the government officials of this clueless government whose stock in trade is to disobey court orders that don’t favor them, oppress Nigerians by depriving them of their fundamental human right to associate and express themselves freely.

“This government is very powerful when it comes to oppressing innocent Nigerians but very weak when in fighting corruption and insurgency.

“No government has disgraced and embarrassed Nigeria before the international community like the Buhari government. It took the USA senators to speak out before Sowore was released while our Nigerian senators are busy rubber stamping all Buhari’s request to the Senate.

“I call on the USA government despite the blackmail to do more to ensure that other political detainees and journalists are freed.

“Sowore like Dasuki were granted bail by courts of competent jurisdiction but the tyrant General Buhari and the cabal decided to flaunt the order. Dasuki spent four years in DSS detention despite several bail granted him by the courts while Sowore was rearrested a day after he was granted bail without charges.

“It is a shame that this government cannot put its house in order, they speak from both sides of the mouth as they are clueless.

“Just last week, the AGF, Malami said he cannot order the DSS to release Sowore without recourse to the court, yet a week later, he ordered the same DSS to release Sowore.

“What has changed in a week to make the AGF order the DSS to release Sowore? It is the pressure from the international community, especially the American senators and the USA government that compelled this clueless government to release Sowore.

“A few days ago, the spokesperson of General Buhari, Femi Adesina, said nobody appointed the USA the police of the world, yet a few days later, they have not only released Sowore but they also released Dasuki and the AGF suddenly remember that he can appeal their bail. The fear of the police of the world made you release Sowore,” Frank noted in the statement.

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Over release of Sowore, Dansuki, Fayemi, Kyari and 2 Others Fight – FFK reveals.

Former Minister of Aviation and People’s Democratic Party Chieftain, Femi Fani-Kayode has hinged the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement and Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA) on the convincing efforts of four individuals in the Buhari-led administration.

According to Femi Fani-Kayode, Abba Kyari, Buhari’s chief of staff; Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation; Kayode Fayemi, chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF); and Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation were able to convince President Buhari to release both men detained by the Department of State Services.

His tweet read;

“I can tell you authoritatively that 4 people fought from within to get Dasuki & Sowore released & eventually managed to convince Buhari. They are Abba Kyari, Malami, Hadi Sirika and Kayode Fayemi. They represent the liberal and cerebal wing of the Buhari Govt. & I commend them.”

 Abba Kyari, Fayemi and two ministers fought for release of Sowore and Dasuki - FFK

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I stopped going to court because FG refuses to release me – Dansuki reacts after freedom

Former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki has opened up on his ordeal after being arrested in December 2015 and prosecuted for alleged corrruption while in office.

In a radio interview with Voice of America (Hausa Service), Dasuki who spent 4 years in the Department of State Services (DSS) custody stated that he has no feud with President Buhari.

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The former NSA also disclosed that he stopped going to court because the federal government refused to release him despite meeting his bail conditions.

Here are excerpts from the interview below;

VoA: How can you thank Nigerians who have been praying for your release which eventually happened today, you have your freedom?

Dasuki: There are no words enough to show appreciation for all the prayers offered. All we can do is to thank them and pray to God to reward them abundantly. We have seen the results of their prayers.

VoA: Seeing that you have spent four years in detention; do you feel healthy or you have certain health challenges?

Dasuki: Thank God I am in full health. I have no ailment at all.

VoA: How did you meet your family?

Dasuki: Glory to God, everyone is ok.

Voa: So what will you say to the federal government?

Dasuki: There is nothing really to say to the government. Everything that happens to an individual is from God. It is only God’s will that will prevail. It is ignorance or lack of faith that pushes some to think that certain individuals are behind their predicaments. Everything is ordained by God. Like you said, I was detained for four year and I am out today. Only God knows tomorrow. The only thing is that there must be fairness. Whoever goes to the Mosque on Friday must surely have heard the Imam always preach for fairness and honesty. There is a reason for that. Everyone should listen to it.

VoA: Are you now returning to court to prove that the allegations against you are not correct?

Dasuki: Of course, I stopped going to the court because I was granted bail but the government refused to release me and I said whenever the bail order is complied with I will appear before the court and defend myself. I am ready.

VoA: There are rumours that your predicament is traced to the fact that you were the one who arrested President Buhari during a military coup and you are now paying for it?

Dasuki: I am not aware of that. All I know is that everything is from God.

VoA: So there is no sort of feud between you and the President?

Dasuki: I have no feud with anybody. I am more than that. I can’t engage in a feud with anyone.

#Newsworthy…

CAN reacts at FG’s order to release dansuki, sowore.

…says we are very happy

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has commended the Federal government for releasing former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki, and the leader of RevolutionNow Movement, Omoyele Sowore, describing the gesture as a Christmas gift.

President of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, expressed the view in a statement signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant, Media and Communications to the CAN President, in Abuja on Tuesday, December 24th.

Ayokunle described the gesture as a Christmas gift to Nigerians and “a New Dawn for our democracy. We are very happy with the decision of the Federal Government to release the duo of former National Security Adviser (NSA) and the publisher of Saharareporters, Omoyele Sowore as mandated by the Federal High Court, Abuja.

”We appreciate the Attorney -General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice for his intervention and counsel.

“The action of the government is commendable and it is a New Dawn for Democracy. As long as the Federal Government continues to respect the rule of law and the Constitution, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) will continue to work with the government to ensure that there is peace and stability in the polity.

”We will not cease to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari and his team for a successful tenure of office,” Ayokunle said.

He said Nigeria should be a pace setter for the continent in everything good, being the giant of Africa in the abundance of human and material resources.

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Dansuki returns home, see family members after four years at DSS office.

Nigeria’s former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has finally reunited with his family after four years in the custody of the Department of State Services.

Dasuki was received by family members and well-wishers at his Asokoro, Abuja, residence this night.

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), had earlier on Tuesday directed the DSS to comply with the court order granting bail to Dasuki and pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore.

The former NSA was first arrested on December 1, 2015 by DSS and arraigned in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over his involvement in a $2.1bn arms procurement fraud under the administration of ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan.

After perfecting his bail granted by the court, Dasuki was released on December 29, 2015 but was immediately re-arrested by operatives of DSS.

He had remained in DSS custody until Tuesday night when he was freed.

#Newsworthy…

FG’s order forced DSS to release Dansuki, Sowore.

…rule of law and the administration

The Federal Government has ordered the release of former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki and publisher/convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore.

Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), disclosed this in a statement released today Tuesday December 24th. He said the decision to release them was in compliance with the bail granted the two by the court.

The statement reads

“The office of the honourable Attorney General of the Federation has reviewed the pending criminal charges against the duo of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and Omoyele Sowore.

Whilst the Federal High Court has exercised its discretion in granting bail to the Defendants in respect of the charges against them, I am 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.

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.”

Dasuki who was the National Security Adviser under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, was arraigned in court by the Buhari government for allegedly masterminding the $2 billions arms deal. He has been in dention even after the courts have granted him bail.

Sowore was arrested in August this year and arraigned in court for treason, money laundering and cyberstalking President Buhari. On September 24th, he was granted bail by the Federal High Court Abuja, on the condition that he surrender his international passport within forty-eight hours. He was released on December 5th after meeting his bail conditions but rearrested inside a Federal High court on December 6th.

The US, UK, EU governments have at various times, condemned the prolonged detention of both men despite the courts granting them bail.

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Court of Appeal reduced bail conditions imposed on detained Col. Sambo Dasuki…

The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal on Friday reduced for the second time stringent bail conditions imposed on the detained former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki by the Federal High Court in Abuja in July last year.

The court had earlier made the first reduction in a unanimous judgment which it delivered on June 13, 2019 on an appeal by Dasuki challenging the bail conditions imposed on him by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court’s July 2, 2018 judgment.

The lead judgment delivered by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson, had reduced the bail sum from N200 million to N100 million and also cancelled the condition that he must pay N100 million to the account of the Federal High Court which would be retrievable only after the completion of the cases against him.

Also cancelled was the Federal High Court’s condition that Dasuki’s sureties must submit evidence of tax payments for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The appellate court also awarded N5m damages against the Federal Government for the unlawful detention of the ex-NSA, who has been in the custody Department of State Services since December 29, 2015, despite series of court orders directing his release.

Following a further application for the variation of the bail conditions, another three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, cancelled the condition that Dasuki must produce a Grade Level 16 civil servant with landed asset worth N100m within the Federal Capital Territory.

In the lead judgment delivered by Justice Stephen Adah, the court held it was wrong for courts to make the presentation of civil servants sureties for bail.

In setting aside the Federal High Court’s old bail conditions, earlier on June 13, 2019, Justice Tinuade Akomolafe- Wilson held, “The imposition of these stringent terms of bail on the appellant practically amounts to a refusal of bail, thereby keeping the appellant perpetually in custody.

“One must put into consideration that this same singular appellant already been granted bail by some other courts with sureties to guarantee such bail.”

She also observed that the conditions imposed by the Federal High Court were unjustifiable as the bails earlier granted to the ex-NSA by other courts where he was being prosecuted remained extant and had not been breached.

She said, “What is paramount to note and very relevant is the fact that the terms and conditions of the bail granted by the previous courts are extant and have not been breached by the appellant.

“They are all to ensure his appearance in court for the offences charged. There is, therefore, no justifiable reason for imposing onerous terms and conditions of bail on the appellant.

“In effect, this appeal succeeds and it is hereby allowed.”

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