As the siege on the Asokoro home of Nigeria’s former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, continues, the nation’s former intelligence chief says he would go to court on Monday to challenge the siege.
Responding to a text message seeking to know whether the siege on his home was still on, Mr. Dasuki replied, saying he was still under house arrest.
“It is still on. We are in court tomorrow to enforce my fundamental rights among other issues,” he replied.
Operatives of the State Security Service, SSS, had on Thursday laid siege on Mr. Dasuki’s Abuja residence insisting on seeing him physically to submit a letter of invitation for him to appear before a committee set up by the government to probe arms purchase while he (Dasuki) held sway as NSA.
Mr. Dasuki had informed PREMIUM TIMES that he was not under obligation to receive the letter from them, and asked the SSS to submit the letter to his personal security at the gate.
“I told them that if it is just a letter of invite, they can drop it with my domestic staff, but they insisted that I must come out and collect it myself.
“I told them that unless they had a warrant allowing them to arrest me, I do not have to collect the letter from them and I am also not going anywhere without my lawyer,” he had said.
A Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Ademola Adeniyi last Tuesday ordered that the international passport of Mr. Dasuki be returned to him to enable him travel outside the country for medical attention.
The former NSA said he shelved the idea of travelling on Wednesday after he received “intelligence” that the SSS planned to arrest him at the Airport.
Mr. Dasuki had alleged that the SSS were determined to arrest him despite a court order allowing him to travel.
The SSS however, said its recent “standoff” with Mr. Dasuki was different from the case he was being tried for.
“It may be recalled that Sambo was initially arrested and charged to court for unlawful possession of firearms and money laundering, for which reason his international passport was seized and on the order of the court, returned to the registrar for custody,” the SSS said in the statement.
“What has however brought the seeming standoff between Sambo and the Service, despite the court-ordered release of his international passport on 4th November, 2015, is his refusal to appear before a committee undertaking the investigation of an entirely different case,” the service said in a statement signed by one Tony Opuiyo.
Mr. Dasuki, however, denied the new claim by the SSS.
He denied ever receiving any invitation letter to appear before a committee set up by the present administration to investigate procurement processes relating to any arms transaction by the last administration, under which he served.
Mr. Dasuki also added that it was strange that a committee purported to be operating from the Office of the National Security Adviser could have transferred its mandates to the SSS.