For the second time in succession, the Department of State Services (DSS) has defied an order of the court to allow former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to travel abroad for medical treatment. Officers of the DSS continue to lay siege on Dasuki’s residence.
Last Friday, Justice Ademola Adeniyi of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja directed the DSS to end their siege on Dasuki’s home and reprimanded the service for disregarding its earlier order.
“Court order must be obeyed. What is wrong in the defendant travelling and coming back to face trial? Only a fit person can stand for trial and investigation. My own orders will not be flouted,” the judge said.
However, the fresh order has also fallen on dear ears.
The court has summoned the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Alhaji Abubakar Malami (SAN), to appear before it today and explain the siege to the residence of the ex-NSA. Malami will also explain to the court why an order of the court made on November 3, permitting Dasuki to travel abroad for medical attention was violated.
The argument of the DSS is that Dasuki is undergoing an investigation for other money laundering offences other than the ones already before the court.
“The fact that the defendant is standing trial for one offence does not exculpate him from being investigated for other fresh money laundering offences,” the complainant said in an affidavit.
Justice Ademola has however dismissed this argument. He said the FG and DSS should learn how to respect and obey a valid court order. The judge also expressed surprise over the claim by the DSS that it was conducting further investigations of Dasuki when it swore in a court affidavit that it had completed its investigation of the defendant and was ready for his trial.
Justice Adeniyi said even if the DSS had any cause to conduct further investigations, the lawful thing was to have allowed Dasuki to go abroad for treatment as ordered rather than look for excuses to justify disobedience of the order.