Friday 17 July 2015

Ex-NSA Dasuki Refuses To Surrender, Say SSS Has No Arrest Warrant

Sambo Dasuki, a retired colonel and former national security adviser (NSA), has refused to surrender to operatives of the State Security Service (SSS), also known as DSS, who are trying to “forcibly arrest” him, TheCable understands. 

The operatives have been laying siege to his Asokoro residence in Abuja since 6pm on Thursday and are now inside his compound. Journalists are camped outside the gate as the stand-off continues. After forcibly gaining entrance into his compound, the operatives moved out all the vehicles and moved in with theirs in an operation led by an officer whose name was simply given as “Dodo” from Katsina, the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari. 

The operatives had also on Thursday searched the Sokoto property of his father, Ahmed Dasuki, the former sultan of Sokoto, and made away with documents. The operatives, TheCable understands, said they are looking for arms and counter-terrorism documents from the former NSA’s residence. Although they produced a search warrant, they did not have an arrest warrant, sources told TheCable. As a result, Dasuki said he would not surrender to the SSS operatives because he believes there is no “legal basis” for what they are doing.

Dasuki was officially relieved of his position on Tuesday, but he was taken unawares by the SSS which stormed his residence and made away with files and documents. 

What makes Dasuki’s arrest ironic is that on Sallah’s Eve in 1985 Dasuki was said to have arrested Buhari. And now, on the same day in 2015, Buhari allegedly orders his arrest.

Is it a “sweet revenge or a case pure vandetta” like one Twitter user put it? 

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