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Buhari is the One Behind My Arrest and Detention - Dasuki Tells Court

Buhari is the One Behind My Arrest and Detention - Dasuki Tells Court

Former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, (in white overall dress)

Former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of personally being behind his arrest and detention.

The former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has told an Abuja High Court, that President Muhammadu Buhari is the one responsible for his arrest and detention without trial since December 29, 2015.

Dasuki who is accused of sharing billions of naira meant for the fight against Boko Haram militants to his croonies, on Friday through his lawyer, Joseph Daudu, said that President Buhari instigated his detention unjustly against the bail granted him by three different courts, through his comment during a presidential media chat in December 2015.

He went further to say that the president betrayed his emotions during the media chat when he openly told Nigerians that he (Dasuki) and Nnamdi Kanu, the pro-Biafra leader, could not be released on bail because they would jump bail.

Mr. Dasuki said he had been held incommunicado since his re-arrest.

Dasuki thus prayed that Justice Peter Affen stop his further trial because the federal government committed a contempt of court which prevented him from filing effective defence because of his continued detention by the State Security Service, SSS, without having access to his lawyers.

Giving evidence, Dasuki's lawyer exhibited several newspaper cuttings in support of his motion to stop his trial, saying the newspaper publications contained Mr. Buhari comments that he should not be allowed to go home even if granted bail by any court.

Dasuki's lawyer urged Justice Affen to enforce his order in which he had earlier granted bail to Mr. Dasuki.

Mr. Daudu also stated that the claim that the former NSA was being held by the SSS and not the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) could not hold water because the federal government was the complainant in the charge against Mr. Dasuki and that both the SSS and EFCC are agents of the Federal Government.

However, the application was opposed by counsel to the Federal Government. Rotimi Jacob who told Justice Affen that the charge against Mr. Dasuki was at the instance of the EFCC and not the SSS. He vehemently denied that the Federal Government breached any court order stating the the government complied with court order by releasing Dasuki but he was later rearrested by another government agency.

Mr. Jacob asked the court not to grant Mr. Dasuki’s application because the SSS that rearrested him was not a party to the charges before Justice Affen who granted him the bail. Mr. Jacob also asked the court not to admit the newspaper evidence as they certified as required by law.

After listening to the parties, Justice Affen fixed March 4, 2016 to give a ruling on the application.

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