The embattled immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), has said his continued detention by the Department of State Service without any fresh charges preferred against him is due to President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive. Dasuki, who is facing three separate sets of criminal charges before the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja, and the Federal High Court in Abuja, stated this in an affidavit which his lawyers filed in support of his application seeking to be discharged from further trial.
Arguing the application before Justice Peter Affen of the FCT High Court in Maitama, Abuja on Friday, his lead counsel, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN),said, “It is a fact that on December 29, Dasuki perfected his bail conditions and was released from Kuje prison in Abuja but was immediately re-arrested and taken to an unknown destination. Up till now, they have not filed fresh charges against him.
“It is equally a fact that on December 30, 2015, about 24 hours after he was remanded, President Muhammadu Buhari came on the television in the name of presidential media chat and told the whole world that people like Nnamdi Kanu and Dasuki will not be allowed to go on bail even if they are granted bail because they would run away.
“It has now been established beyond reasonable doubt that the Department of State Service acted the script of President Buhari and up till now he has not been allowed access to his lawyer despite the fact that three separate sets of charges have been filed against him.Many Nigerian newspapers came out with the information about President Buhari’s position on Dasuki and up till now those newspapers have not been refuted.”