The Federal Government said it on Tuesday offered the detained National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, an opportunity to attend his father’s burial but that he rejected the offer.
Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazaum disclosed this to newsmen in Sokoto after Dasuki’s father’s burial.
According to him, the Federal Government first offered to allow him to visit his sick father at the hospital some days ago but he declined, saying he preferred to remain in detention and pray for him.
A second offer was also made to him Monday night to be taken to Sokoto to lead the mourning for his deceased father but he again turned down the offer.
“Let me correct the impression that Col. Sambo Dasuki was prevented from attending the burial rites of his father. We had discussed with the DG SSS and he was offered the opportunity to visit his late father on his hospital bed in Abuja, he declined, saying he preferred to remain where he was and pray for his sick father.
“He was also offered to be in Sokoto throughout the mourning period and also declined, preferring to pray for him. That was the true situation.”
Explaining why Dasuki rejected the offer, a source close to the former minister said he (Dasuki) rejected the offer because it was planned to humiliate him. The source said:
“They were going to chain him, put him in a security vehicle with several security vans and make him appear like a criminal to his people.
“He asked them to allow him enjoy the bail that he was granted by the courts, instead of posturing that they were doing him a favour.”
The former NSA has been in detention for over a year for alleged misappropriation of funds meant for the purchase of arms under the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.