By Bukola Olasanmi

Detained former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki has lost his bid for freedom as the Supreme Court rejected his request to that effect.

Dasuki has appealed to the apex court, challenging his continued detention by the Department of State Services (DSS) and prayed for the suspension of his trial pending his release by the government.

The Supreme Court, in a unanimous judgment of a five-man panel today, dismissed Dasuki’s appeal for lacking in merit.

Justice Ejembi Eko, who read the lead judgment, said Dasuki’s continued detention was not a violation of any order for bail earlier granted the ex-NSA by both the Federal High Court and High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) before which he is standing trial for separated criminal charges.

The court said Dasuki’s detention was not at the instance of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that put him on trial.

It further said the bails granted Dasuki in respect of criminal charges brought against him by EFCC have been obeyed having been implemented by the Controller of Prison Kuje on December 29, 2015.

The court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeal, which earlier upheld the FCT High Court, where it said the EFCC was not liable for the detention of Dasuki by DSS.