The Federal Government on Tuesday, September 1, arraigned former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), before a Federal High Court in Abuja for a one count charge – possession of firearms without license.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola granted him bail on self-recognition shortly after he pleaded not guilty to the charge which was said to violate provisions of 27(1)(a)(i) of the Firearms Act, Cap F28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
In a short ruling on his bail application, Justice Ademola ordered that Dasuki should deposit his diplomatic passport and other travelling documents to the Deputy Registrar, Litigation, of the court, as the only condition for the bail.
The judge also ordered that Dasuki’s travelling documents, which might be currently in the custody of any government agency, to be retrieved and deposited with the court.
The firearms, which Dasuki was accused of possessing without licence, include five Tavor riffles, 20 magazines, five rifle slings, five packets of servicing kit, one packet of MOD AP9 Cal. 9mm Luger No. 033373, small magazine containing 16 rounds of 9mm ammunition and bigger magazine containing 23 five rounds of 9mm ammunition.
Others include one Macro Uzi with serial Number 60244, one magazine with 16 rounds of live 9mm ammunition and 36 rounds of live 9mm.
Some of the items were said to have been recovered from his Range Rover car with number plate Abuja RBC 517 JN during a search of his residence at 13, John Khadiya Street, Asokoro, Abuja on July 16, 2015.