Former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, has narrated his ordeal at the hands of the State Security Service, claiming that the Federal Government has violated his rights even as the case against him was already before a court.
Speaking with Premium Times, Dasuki explained that SSS operatives arrived his Abuja residence early Thursday and told his personal security at the gate that they needed to deliver a letter of invitation for him to report at the SSS office by 11am same day.
“I told them that if it is just a letter of invite, they can drop it with my domestic staff, but they insisted that I must come out and collect it myself.
“I told them that unless they had a warrant allowing them to arrest me, I do not have to collect the letter from them and I am also not going anywhere without my lawyer,” he said.
Dasuki said that his current travails were because Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High court ordered his passport to be returned to him to enable him go abroad for medical treatment.
He said he received “intelligence” that an order was given to the operatives to effect his arrest at the airport.
“They brought former governor of Adamawa State, Boni Haruna, to my house yesterday asking him to invite me to go with them just to clarify something. I told them that since this matter is in court, I am not under obligation to deal with them and advised them to go to court if they have any issue related to the case,” he said.
Haruna was the one who stood surety for Dasuki to effect his bail.
Dasuki accused the SSS and the governing All Progressives Congress of abuse of power.
“We were also in power and if we had abused it the way they are doing now, they would never have been here,” he said. “It is unfortunate.”
The former NSA said the way the SSS was handling the matter was exactly how things were poorly handled in the past that then threw up the Boko Haram insurgency.
“Instead of following the legal way of doing things, some people decided to take the laws into their hands and see where we are today,” he said.