Emerging report indicates that former
National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, has sent out words to his
family members, relatives, associates, and prominent Nigerians who are
his friends, not to beg President Muhammadu Buhari over his ongoing
This revelation was made open by a source close to Dasuki.
The source said: “Well, you all know
what is happening. He has been granted bail by four different High
Courts; ECOWAS court also ordered his release, but they would not allow
him to go.”
“The question we are asking them is: why
to keep a man even when courts said to let him go home. His Lawyers
even said the government can keep as many security operatives around him
to monitor his movement, visitors etc
general belief around the country is that there is more to this matter
than the government is letting us know but they should remember we will
all die one day. Those fighting a personal course should have this at
the back of their mind.”
Asked specifically to describe how
Dasuki was faring, the source said: “He is strong. I have not seen a
person like him. Being strong-willed is part of military training and
obviously, it’s part of him”.
“But I can tell you that he still
insists on open trial that will have the media in attendance. Dasuki
wants the world to hear shocking things. He also asked us to tell all
those who know him that nobody should beg President Buhari over his
ordeal. He will rather die than beg Buhari over his on-going trial. He
was very clear on this.
“Dasuki knew he would be probed but
chose to remain in Nigeria. He revealed that he didn’t flee the country
because he is not a coward. He said he is ready to face whatever will
happen to him in custody or prison …even death”.
Post-Nigeria recalls that since 2015,
Dasuki has been granted bail by Justice Adeniyi Ademola and Justice
Ahmed Rahmat Mohammed of the Federal High Court, as well as Justice
Peter Affen and Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the FCT High Courts.
The ECOWAS Court had
also in a judgement ordered the Federal Government to free him from
custody. The court further imposed a fine of N15,000,000 on government.
In one of the court sessions, former
Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Akin
Olujinmi (SAN), pointedly accused the Nigerian government of frustrating
the Dasuki trial.
Olujinmi told a FCT High Court that it
was irritating for the government to have persistently and consistently
refuse to produce the Sokoto Prince, who has been in DSS custody, in
Dasuki was the first senior official of
the Jonathan government to be charged under President Muhammadu Buhari,
who took in office in May 2015.
Arrested on the morning of December 1,
2015, by the Department of State Security Services, Dasuki wass accused
of awarding phantom contracts to buy 12 helicopters, four fighter jets,
He is also answering charges of unlawful
possession of firearms and alleged mismanagement of $2 billion meant to
fight the Boko Haram insurgency. He denied all allegations.