Former Sultan of Sokoto and Father of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki passed on on Monday, November 14, and will be laid to rest in Sokoto later today, Tuesday, November 15, according to Islamic rites. His burial will commence after 2 pm prayers at the Hubbaren Shehu Usman Dan Fodio site in the state.
However, his son Sambo Dasuki, will not be present at the burial as he is being held in the facilities of the Department of State Services (DSS) following his trial on allegations of diversion of $2.1 billion arms funds in 2014.
Some lawyers argued that there was no laid down legal provision to release a bereaved detainee to attend the burial of their relative, while others opined that it would have been a token of magnanimity to release them temporarily on compassionate grounds.
According to Barrister Ben Chuks Nwosu, there is no legal provision to release a bereaved detainee to attend a burial. He added that many people, including President Muhammadu Buhari, have lost their loved ones in the past while in detention.
Another lawyer, Barr. Akintola Amao said:
“The principal of law is law, and not bothered on the whims and caprices of an individual. Compassion is not one of the grounds for release on bail. It could be sentimental and will not have a legal basis at the end of the day.”,
Sambo Dasuki was arrested on December 1, 2015, over corruption allegations involving the sum of $2.2 billion mapped out for the purchase of arms to prosecute the war against insurgency but was reportedly diverted and shared among top politicians.
He has been in detention for almost one year now despite the the fact that he has been granted bail by various courts including the ECOWAS Court.
Many Nigerians believe that President Buhari is on a revenge mission against Dasuki who arrested him (Buhari) while he was a military leader. Buhari was thereafter detained for some years and not allowed any chance to pay his last respect to his mother after she died while he was still in detention.
Now the table has turned with Buhari now in power as elected president while Sambo Dasuki is in detention and would not be present at his father’s burial.