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Buhari Behind My Continued Detention , Says Dasuki




FORMER National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd) yesterday alleged before Justice Peter Affen of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja, that President Muhammadu Buhari is behind his arrest and detention without trial since December 29, 2015.

Dasuki, who spoke through his counsel, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), claimed that President Buhari instigated his arrest and detention by the Department of the State Security (DSS) against the decision of three different courts, which had granted him bail, noting that the President was behind his continued detention.

He claimed that the Buhari confirmed that he (the President) was behind his ordeal through his comment during the December 2015 Presidential Media Chat.

In an affidavit filed in support of his application at the court, Dasuki claimed that the President “betrayed his emotion during the Presidential Media Chat when he openly told Nigerians that he (Dasuki) and Nnamdi Kanu would not be allowed on bail because they would jump bail.”

The former NSA also claimed that he had been held incommunicado since his re-arrest on December 29, 2015 when he perfected conditions for the third bail granted him by Justice Affen.

He argued that that his continued detention regardless of the bail granted him by the court and two other courts was contemptuous.

Dasuki also stated that his detention had prevented him from filing effective defence in the case against him because he had no access to his legal counsel.

He therefore, asked Justice Affen to prohibit his further trial until the Federal Government purged itself of the contempt of court which prevented him from filing effective defence because of his continued detention by the DSS without having access to his lawyers.

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

Daudu urged Justice Affen to enforce his court order, which granted bail to Dasuki, adding that justice is for all parties in any court action.

Daudu also stated: “The claim that Dasuki was being held by the DSS and not the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) cannot hold water because the FG is the complainant in the charge against Dasuki and that both the DSS and EFCC are agents of the Federal Government”.

Opposing the application, counsel to the Federal Government, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), argued that the charge against Dasuki was at the instance of the EFCC and not the DSS.

Jacobs denied that the FG disobeyed the court on the ground that on December 29, 2015 when the bail conditions were perfected, Dasuki was released by the prison authorities at Kuje but was however rearrested by another government agency.

Jacobs argued that the newspaper publications were not tenable before the court because they were certified as required by law.

Justice Affen, after listening to the arguments of the counsels, fixed March 4, 2016 to give a ruling on the application.

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