Last night, when the Department of State Services (DSS) released a statement about its raid on the home of the former National Security Adviser to the President, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), it did not explicitly mention that he was behind some attacks carried out by the Boko Haram sect.
However, the Daily Trust newspaper had made such an allegation against Dasuki in a report on the issue on Saturday, prompting the former NSA to make a denial.
Dasuki dispatched an unnamed associate of his to the Daily Trust office to lodge a complaint over the report which appeared in the Saturday edition of the paper.
Dasuki expressed worry over the insinuation that he had anything to do with those attacks when “all his life as NSA he was committed to the safety and security of lives of Nigerians, not just the people of the North East.”
The associate said the former NSA was very bitter about the report considering the fact the Col Dasuki is a northerner, a Nigerian and a Muslim, hence it would be unthinkable that he would be involved in a scheme that led to death and misery in the North-East.
According to the associate, “Col Dasuki cannot comprehend the motive behind the allegation. We don’t play politics with the security of lives and property. The media should be wary of those who use its platform for mischief.”
He itemised some of the programmes that Col Dasuki spearheaded to ensure there is security in the country to include, the soft approach to counter-terrorism, where repentant terrorists and victims are rehabilitated.
“He also ensured that the 22 local government areas in the North-East which were under Boko Haram control were liberated completely; Sambisa forest, Gwoza, Baga and Bama were also freed; cattle rustlers were sent packing from the North-West; and some intelligence steps were taken through collaboration with neighbouring countries and other nationals in containing the excesses of the terrorists.”
The associate said the former NSA put in place a system that utilised “ways and means” to counter the insurgency.