The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted permission to the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki’s application for treatment abroad.
The court ordered that the travel documents of Dasuki be released to allow him travel abroad for cancer treatment.
In his ruling, the judge in charge of the case, Ademola Adeniyi said that the court had earlier granted bail to the former NSA without conditions.
He also said thedefendant had appeared in court all through hearings.
“The defendant was granted bail on self-recognizance, that means that there was no conditions attached,” Adeniyi said.
He said although the chief medical director of National Hospital Abuja in an affidavit submitted by the defendant has said the ailment can be treated in Nigeria, the constitution allows every citizen to choose a medical facility of his choice within or outside the country.
However, the judge in his ruling said the defendant applicant must upon 72 hours of arrival submit his travel documents to the court.
He is also expected to produce a surety who will sign an undertaking to bring the former NSA to the court upon arrival.
The judge in addition said if the surety fails to produce the applicant, he would take Dasuki’s position and also be remanded in prison.
At the session yesterday, November 2, the judge in the case Ademola Adeniyi, had said the court will make its decision known today.
A former chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Joseph Daudu, who is the counsel to Dasuki had asked the court to permit the defendant to travel abroad for a medical check up.
He said the need to travel was as a result of Dasuki’s already deteriorating health. He said Dasuki already had an appointment with his doctors abroad and that there is also a written address in support of the motion.
Daudu also opposed the motion that the treatment for Dasuki’s ailment is available in Nigeria.
The case was adjourned to November 26 and 27 for continuation of trial. One of Dasuki’s counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN), told journalists that his team is “ok” with the judge’s ruling.
Just last week, the Federal High Court in Abuja moved on the ruling regarding the secret hearing of Dasuki’s trial.