Department for State Services, DSS has alleged that former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) was planning treasonable felony against the Nigerian state.
The secret police also accused the ex-NSA of corruption, abuse of power and possession of dangerous weapons.
DSS’ allegations were contained in a statement issued late Saturday by one of its officials, Tony Opuiyo, who claimed that sophisticated rifles, (high assault weapons), several magazines, military related gears and 12 new vehicles, including five bullet proof cars were recovered from Dasuki’s Asokoro home.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that DSS operatives took Dasuki hostage last Thursday at his Asokoro-Abuja residence, barring anybody from going in or out of the compound, and as a result Dasuki was not able to attend the Eid-el- Fitr prayers at the end of Ramadan fast.
However, after more than 24hours of the siege, the Federal Government ordered the withdrawal of the DSS operatives from Dasuki’s house, while his (Dasuki’s) International Passports and other vital documents were seized by the secret police.
Irked Dasuki however vowed to challenge the action by seeking legal redress in order to enforce his fundamental human rights.
But DSS in a statement claimed that, what were recovered from Dasuki’s home were capable of disrupting the peace of any city in the country.
The DSS’ claim was however faulted by Dasuki who said the operatives are being economical with the truth on what transpired in his house, while the DSS in justifying its action, said it had “credible intelligence linking Dasuki with alleged plans to commit treasonable felony against the Nigerian State.”
Opuiyo said, “DSS conducted a search on the properties belonging to the former NSA. The properties are on Nos. 13, John Khadya Street; 46, Nelson Mandela Street, both at Asokoro, Abuja; and 3 Sabon Birni Road, Gwiwa Area, Sokoto, Sokoto State.
“The search operations were planned to be simultaneously conducted, but Dasuki refused the operatives entry into his main residence located at No. 13, John Khadya Street, Asokoro, despite being presented with a genuine and duly signed search warrant. Consequently, what was to last not more than two hours, lasted more than 10 hours, up till the early hours of July 17.
“If not for the sense of maturity and professionalism of the officers and men assigned this task and the very good understanding and timely intervention of the new Chief of Army Staff, Tsukur Buratai (Maj Gen), there would have been a clash between the Army operatives guarding the house and service operatives, as Dasuki directed the soldiers on duty not to allow any movement into his house, despite the subsisting court order.”
The DSS also claimed that despite his removal as the NSA, Dasuki’s security guards were intact.
Opuiyo stated, “He retired from the Army as a colonel, and therefore, not entitled to have military guards, if not for the fact that he was NSA. Even as NSA, such guards should have been withdrawn after his removal as NSA since he would not have been entitled.
“Twelve exotic vehicles were retrieved from Dasuki’s residence, having failed to produce evidence of ownership. For instance, what could he be doing with five bullet proof cars as a retired NSA? These cars, which from all available evidence, were purchased with tax payers’ money were being kept for possible sinister enterprise.”
It claimed that the search operation was aimed at moving in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to be proactive and pre-empt individuals who may likely let impunity and lawlessness on the nation and put it back to the dark days.
The security agency further disclosed that the lethal arms and vehicles recovered were not reflected in Dasuki’s handover notes.

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