There seems to be fresh attention on the home of the former National Security Adviser, Retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, as men of the Department of State Security (DSS) have increased their presence.
It is not exactly clear why the fresh occupation is taking place but there are strong indications that Colonel Dasuki is being prevented from seeking medical attention abroad.
Although agency report says he has been placed on house arrest as his home in the nation’s capital, Abuja is currently surrounded by men of the DSS.
The former NSA was charged to court with illegal possession of arms following a siege to his Abuja home and subsequent arrest in July. The charge against him was later expanded to include money laundering.
But a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday granted Mr Dasuki permission to travel abroad for medical attention pending the commencement of his trial on the November 26 and 27.
Ruling on the application filed by Mr Dasuki, Justice Adeniyi Ademola granted the former National Security Adviser a period of three weeks within which to take care of his health abroad.
It is not clear if the latest action by the DSS is aimed at preventing him from travelling abroad.
The embattled former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, has accused the State Security Service of violating the law and harassing him when the case against him was already before a court.
He said the SSS operatives arrived his Abuja residence early Thursday and told his personal security at the gate that they needed to deliver a letter of invitation for him to report at the SSS office by 11am same day.
“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,” Mr. Dasuki said.
“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 said.
Mr. Dasuki said after making his position clear, the SSS operatives threatened his personal security saying they “can force themselves into the House”.
He said his current travails started on Tuesday after Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High court ordered his passport returned to him to enable him go abroad for medical treatment.
He said he received “intelligence” that an order was given to the operatives to effect his arrest at the airport.
As a result, he failed to leave on Wednesday as arranged.
He also said the SSS invited a former governor of Adamawa State, Boni Haruna, who stood as his surety in court, and intimidated him.
“They brought Boni Haruna to my house yesterday asking him to invite me to go with them just to clarify something. I told them that since this matter is in court, I am not under obligation to deal with them and advised them to go to court if they have any issue related to the case,” he said.
Mr. Dasuki accused the SSS and the governing All Progressives Congress of abuse of power.
“We were also in power and if we had abused it the way they are doing now, they would never have been here,” he said. “It is unfortunate.”
The former NSA said the way the SSS was handling the matter was exactly how things were poorly handled in the past that then threw up the Boko Haram insurgency.
“Instead of following the legal way of doing things, some people decided to take the laws into their hands and see where we are today,” he said.
The State Security Service has reacted to reports that it was laying siege on the residence of a former National Security Service in disobedience of a subsisting court order.
The service said it was not hounding him.
It said “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 public may wish to note that the government set up the Committee to investigate procurement processes relating to a two billion dollar ($2billion) arms transaction by the last administration, under which SAMBO was the NSA. It was on this premise that he was invited by the Committee to shed more light on his involvement in the deal. It, therefore, remains surprising and shocking that SAMBO has refused to honour invitations of the Committee but instead resorts to grandstanding and subtle blackmail of the Service. His refusal to appear before the Committee has left the Service with no option than to adopt legal means to ensure his attendance.”
“Therefore, without doubt, SAMBO is pulling all strings available to him to evade justice and put the Service in bad light.”
The statement was signed by Tony OPUIYO
But Mr. Dasuki has reacted swiftly saying he was never invited to appear before the committee.
“I’m not also aware that the committee is operating from the SSS headquarters,” Mr. Dasuki told PREMIUM TIMES. “What I know is that the committee is operating from the office of the National Security Adviser. So why is the SSS the one inviting me?”
Mr. Dasuki later sent a fuller statement explaining that he was never invited.