By Innocent Anaba
Lagos—One of the accused persons facing trial before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos in connection with illegal importation of 611 pump action smuggled into the country, Mamudu Hassan, yesterday, told the court that his legs were chained during his interrogation by operatives of Department of State Service, DSS.
This is contrary to the evidence of a DSS detective, Jaiye Emmanuel on Tuesday, that none of the suspects was tortured during investigation and interrogation by the Department.
Hassan, a retired Assistant Comptroller of Customs told the court that his legs and hands were always chained while he was blindfolded from the first day he was transferred to the DSS by Nigeria Customs Services, NCS, on March 10, 2017, till when they were charged to court on June 14.
He told the court that the only times the chains and blindfold were removed were when he wanted to write statement and the day his lawyer visited him.
Hassan stated this while being led by his lawyer, Mr. Yakubu Galadima, during trial-within-trial of the case.
Hassan, his company, Hassan Mamudu Nigeria Limited, alongside Salisu Abdulahi Danjuma, Oscar Orkafor, Donatus Ezebunwa Achinulo and Matthew Okoye, who is said to be at large are standing trial before Justice Faji’s court on charges of illegal importation of fire arms, conspiracy, forgery and altering of documents, offering of graft to government officials and importation of prohibited goods.