Prominent Northern Nigerians are pleading with embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki (rtd) not to go to court in the face of the harassment he is facing from the Department of State Services, DSS.
The DSS had last Thursday afternoon, simultaneously raided Dasuki’s properties.
They are Nos. 13, John Khadya Street, Nos. 46, Nelson Mandela Street, both at Asokoro, Abuja, and Nos. 3 Sabon Birni Road, Gwiwa Area, Sokoto, Sokoto State.
Speaking on Tuesday, a source said the treatment meted out to Dasuki has been a subject of discussion among many Northern elites who believe any court process will lead to disclosure of many other issues not fit for public consumption.
The set of Nigerians include serving and retired senior military officers, traditional rulers, politicians and even insiders in the new government.
“The calibre of personalities that have reached out to him (Dasuki) will shock you,” the source says.
Asked to disclose such persons, he said, “I cannot mention names but they include Generals, Emirs, politicians, as well as loyalists of the current administration.”
“He (Dasuki) is still shocked that the DSS could dig up a charge like ‘treasonable felony’. That itself is libel because you don’t just make such accusation until you have instituted a case.”
The DSS, had in a statement signed by, Tony Opuiyo said the agency was forced to break into the house belonging to Dasuki’s because NSA denied its officers entry into his main residence despite being presented with a genuine and duly signed search warrant.
DSS stated that it acted based on credible intelligence linking the immediate past NSA with alleged plans to commit treasonable felony against the Nigerian State.
The agency accused Sambo of raising a false alarm to the military authorities to come to his aid, “as he failed to correctly tell the military that his property was about to be legitimately searched.”
DSS said Dasuki retired from the Army as a Colonel, and therefore not entitled to have military guards its operatives met on ground.
It disclosed that items found at Dasuki’s house include seven high caliber rifles, (high assault weapons), several magazines and military related gears.
“The team also recovered twelve (12) new vehicles, out of which five (5) were bullet proofs. These vehicles which are all exotic vehicles were retrieved from SAMBO’s residence having failed to produce evidence of ownership,” DSS added.
Commenting on the items found, our source wondered why DSS was portraying Dasuki as though they were acting a script.
“This is pure witch-hunting, ridicule and persecution. Those asking Dasuki not to go to court knows that he is being pushed to the wall and that the outcome will not be funny.
“In his three years at that post, he had access to all the classified documents you can think of. Documents with facts on Boko Haram; documents on political parties and who their members really are. We are talking about damning revelations.