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Siege to Dasuki’s home: AGF appears in court today

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By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

Former national security adviser of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Sambo Dasuki (R), speaks with his lawyer Ahmed Raji, during his trial at the federal high court in Abuja, on September 1, 2015. Nigerian prosecutors on September 1, 2015 slapped a charge of unlawful possession of arms against Dasuki. Dasuki was arraigned on a "one-count charge of being in possession of firearms without licence," Prosecutor Mohammed Diri told the federal high court in Abuja. AFP PHOTO
Former national security adviser of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Sambo Dasuki

ABUJA — The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Malami Abubakar, SAN, will today, explain to the Federal High Court in Abuja,  why the former  National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), has remained under house arrest, despite a court order that permitted him to travel abroad for medical  treatment.

The appearance of the AGF before the court was sequel to  a summon issued on him by Justice Ademola Adeniyi.

Justice Ademola, who is presiding over the trial  of the erstwhile NSA, maintained that the AGF must appear before him to explain why the court order, dated November 3,  was flouted at the behest of the Federal Government.

The judge summoned the AGF after  Dasuki’s lawyers, led by Mr. Joseph Daudu, SAN, informed the court that armed operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, had since November 4, barred their client from stepping out of his house.

Daudu told the court that the operatives have continued to lay siege to Dasuki’s residence at 13, John Kadiya Street, Asokoro District, Abuja, a development he said made it impossible for him to travel to the United Kingdom to keep an appointment with his doctor.

The action of the DSS came a day after the court granted Dasuki three weeks medical leave to travel abroad to take care of his budding cancer, and return to the country before November 26 for the continuation of his trial.

Dasuki is answering to a five-count criminal charge bordering on money laundering and his alleged illegal possession of firearms.

Meanwhile, the AGF, had at the press briefing in Abuja last Thursday,  justified the siege to Dasuki’s home by DSS operatives, saying the action was in public interest.

The AGF said the action of the government against Dasuki was not in disobedience to any court order.

Stressing that under President Muhammadu Buhari, “there shall not be flouting of court orders,” saying: “In some of these cases, some of these high profile culprits may be involved in multiple cases that might require investigation.”

 

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