Due to the inability to meet up with the conditions of the bail granted to him last Friday and on Monday by the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki might be spending Christmas in Kuje prison.
A source close to the polity confirmed at about 10pm yesterday, Wednesday, December 23, that Dasuki and some of the accused persons were yet to meet the bail conditions, especially the ones granted them on Friday.
Since Wednesday is the last working day before Christmas and Eid-el-Malud, the possibility of the former NSA and the other defendants remaining in prison during the festivities is almost sure.
The Federal Government has declared Thursday (today) as Eid-el-Malud holiday, while Friday and Monday have been declared as Christmas and Boxing Day holiday respectively.
The tendency for Dasuki, Shuaibu Salisu, who is a former director of finance and administration in the office of the NSA, Aminu Baba-Kusa, a former director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, to leave the prison is bleak.
Apart from Dasuki, others in the second category are Salisu, a former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa; his son, Sagir Attahiru; a firm, Dalhatu Investment and a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda.
On December 21, Justice Peter Affen granted another bail to Dasuki and his co-defendants with respect to 22 counts of misappropriation of about N13bn, which the EFCC alleged was part of the arms purchase fund, in the sum of N250m with two sureties in like sum.
In line with the order by Justice Affen, Dasuki and the other accused persons were moved to Kuje Prison on Monday, pending when they would meet their bail conditions.
“The condition, which they (the accused persons) are finding difficult to meet is getting a civil servant in the director cadre, who has N250m worth of property. In fact, the EFCC people are waiting for a civil servant who will come out to say that he has N250m. The only problem we have is the fear by these potential sureties that they could be arrested by EFCC operatives, like it happened in the case of a former Governor of Adamawa State, Boni Haruna, whose surety suddenly withdrew after being intimidated by the EFCC,” the source said.