Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, says former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, is still in detention despite court orders because there are additional charges against him for which he has not been granted bail.
Dasuki has been in the Department of State services (DSS) detention since December 2015 despite orders for his release by three courts. He is facing separate charges of money laundering and illegal possession firearms at a high court in Abuja.
Speaking with state house correspondents on Tuesday, Shehu said investigation into other allegations against the former NSA was still in progress; hence his detention.
Also, explaining why Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, is still in detention despite a court order for his release, the presidential spokesman said the reason is to forestall a breakdown of law and order which his release may cause.
However, he added that the cleric was in protective custody and not in detention.
“The government has a responsibility to ensure his safety,” he said.
“He is not in prison type detention. He is in the company of his wife and children voluntarily.”