Sequel to the story in PUNCH Newspaper that the Department of State Services (DSS), operatives were seen at former National Security Adviser to Ex-President Jonathan, Col. Sambo Dasuki’s house, even after the Federal High court ruled that the DSS release the traveling documents of the accused, so as to enable him travel for medical check-up.
The Department of State Security, has issued a statement, saying their presence at the Abuja residence of Dasuki, on Thursday was about compelling him to honour an invitation of the presidential committee set up to probe the procurement process for arms and ammunition in the last administration.
The DSS denied allegations it was persecuting Dasuki, but only going about its duty through legal means.
It also explained that the former NSA had failed to honour the invitation of the committee, hence the call of the service at his residence.
It dismissed reports that its action was against a federal high court order granting the former NSA permission to travel abroad for medical treatment on Tuesday.
“The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been brought to the report making rounds that its operatives illegally blocked the residence of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki (Col/Rtd), in violation of a subsisting court order granting him a relief to travel oversea for medical services. This is to say the least that such report is not only unfounded and malicious but aimed at tarnishing the good image of the service,” it said.
“It may be recalled that Sambo 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 Sambo and the Service, despite the court-ordered release of his international passport on 4th November, 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 two billion dollar ($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.
“Therefore, without doubt, Sambo is pulling all strings available to him to evade justice and put the Service in bad light. The simple fact is that the DSS is not persecuting him. Nigerians are therefore enjoined to disregard the impression being created by him. This service wishes to re-emphasise its commitment to the rule of law and strict adherence to democratic ideals. However, any person or group, no matter how highly placed, that may wish to test the will of the present democratic dispensation, will definitely be checked through the legal provisions of the law.”