The ex-National Security Adviser (NSA), Retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has protested his detention and declared his readiness for trial over the alleged $15 billion arms deals facilitated by his office, the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA).
According to the report, Col. Sambo Dasuki further fumed that he only obeyed the directive of former President Goodluck Jonathan based on the service rules. Dasuki spoke to his associates questioning his continued detention without trial and also opposed plans to try him secretly saying:
“I am ready for trial because they have destroyed my family’s name and my professional integrity, especially how we successfully fought Boko Haram and recovered major towns and cities, not villages.
“They should let my trial start in earnest to enable Nigerians know the truth from falsehood. I don’t believe in secret trial and there is no basis for it because the government has filed all necessary papers in court and attached the list of witnesses.
“Since the witnesses have become public knowledge, there is no basis for secret trial.”
He went on to query the rationale for keeping him in custody “without any warrant”. He complained, saying;
“Since I was detained in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS), I have not been shown any warrant to this effect or court order.
“I deserve to be shown the warrant of detention by DSS and the purpose for restricting me to house arrest. My detention is unlawful,”
The retired NSA boss pleaded with Nigerians to prevail on the government to admit him to bail in line with the government’s commitment to the rule of law. He argued that all those who collected funds from ONSA have been granted bail but even though he had been granted bail on all the cases filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and even DSS, he was still being held.
“If all the beneficiaries of the so-called funds are on bail, what have I done wrong? Nigerians should help prevail on the government to grant me bail.
“I cannot rock the boat. I am prepared for trial. We did everything with national and security interest.
“Based on the service rules in the security circle, I owe it a duty to obey the president and Commander-In-Chief. Ex-President Jonathan approved all the expenses incurred by ONSA.
“I am ready to prove in court how we complied with the directive of the ex-President.”
Col. Sambo Dasuki was first arrested by the DSS before the EFCC took custody of him for trial. He was later returned to DSS facility from where he had been going to various courts.
The EFCC had arraigned Dasuki, and two others on 19-count charge of misappropriation of funds meant for purchase of arms before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja.