Following Colonel Sambo Dasuki’s trip to the United Kingdom for medical treatment which proved abortive on Wednesday, November 4, the Department of State Services has explained why it prevented the former National Security Adviser, from travelling.
The security agency noted that the reason why it deprived Dasuki from his journey abroad was owing to the fact that he had refused to appear before a committee set up by the federal government to investigate a N2billion arms transaction by the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Vanguard reports.
The service stated that Dasuki was invited to shed light on his involvement in the arms procurement processes, but had consistently refused to honour the committee’s invitation.
The Federal high court had on Tuesday, November 3, ordered that the travel documents of the ex-military official be released to enable him travel abroad for medical checks.
Shortly after Dasuki had left the court building, he was invited for questioning by the security agents.
On the issue of cancellation of his trip, Dasuki had told Premium Times that he received “intelligence” that an order was given to the operatives to effect his arrest at the airport.
Owing to such hints, Dasuki had to call off the trip which was scheduled for Wednesday.
He also said that the SSS invited a former governor of Adamawa state, Boni Haruna, who stood as his surety in court, and intimidated him.
Dasuki said: “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.
However, the DSS in a statement on Thursday, November 5, by Tony Opuiyo, accused the former NSA of grandstanding and blackmail deniying blocking Dasuki’s residence in violation of a subsisting court order granting him a relief to travel oversea for medical services.
The security agency described the allegation as unfounded and malicious aimed at tarnishing the good image of the Service.
The DSS also denied persecuting the former NSA stressing that he was trying everything humanly possible to escape the course of administering justice and then eventually paint the service in negative light.
The service said in the statement: “It may be recalled that Dasuki was initially arrested and charged to court for unlawful possession of firearms and money laundering, for which reason his international passport was seized and on the order of the court, returned to the registrar for custody.
“What has however brought the seeming standoff between Dasuki and the Service, despite the court-ordered release of his international passport on November 4, 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 $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.”
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