Nigeria's ex-national security adviser gets bail in fraud case

2015-12-19 09:10


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Abuja - A Nigerian court on Friday granted the former national security adviser and four others bail on money laundering charges, but he still faces charges for illegal arms possession and a bogus weapon deal.

Sambo Dasuki, 60, served as national security adviser under ex-president Goodluck Jonathan from June 2012 until his sacking in July by President Muhammadu Buhari, who took office in May.

Abuja high court judge Husseini Baba Yusuf said Dasuki and the others should each pay 250 million naira in bail.

They have also been ordered to deposit their passports at the court and not travel outside the capital Abuja without informing the court.

Nigerian prosecutors had accused Dasuki and the others of misappropriation of public funds, conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.

The suspects were alleged to have diverted millions of dollars meant for security to the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to finance Jonathan's re-election bid.

Jonathan however lost the March election to Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The suspects were also accused of making illegal payments to some media owners as well as for "organising prayers" for the party.

Dasuki is already facing illegal possession of weapons charges, as well as being under investigation for awarding some $2bn in bogus deals for fighter jets, helicopters, weapons and ammunition to fight the deadly Boko Haram Islamist group.

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