SSS operatives storm ex-NSA Dasuki’s home
Personnel of the Department of State Security (DSS) last night laid siege to the private residence of the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, in the Asokoro district of Abuja and his family home in Sokoto. .
Sources told The Guardian that the DSS personnel arrived at the Abuja residence of Dasuki in four Hilux vans, telling the soldiers on guard that they came to see the former NSA for undisclosed official reasons.
The source confirmed that the operatives had successfully carried out a cordon-and-search operation in his father’s compound in Sokoto, adding that the former NSA “refused to let them even as they were threatening to force themselves in.”
Some other reports last night claimed that Dasuki had been arrested and whisked away. There was no independent confirmation at press time.
DSS, NSA and government officials were not willing to comment on the matter at press time.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday asked the Republican and the Democratic parties in the United States to closely monitor President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration with a view to checking what it called “sharp violation of democratic principles in Nigeria.”
The opposition party, which met separately with the U.S. National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Abuja, also threatened to reject the outcome of any election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) under the leadership of Aminu Zakari.
During the visit of the PDP to the two institutes, which was led by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, it was alleged that Nigeria’s democracy was being endangered by desperate political moves to use the country’s electoral commission to score political gains. Metuh claimed that the political scheming by government had put too much pressure on Nigeria’s democracy.
Also, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), a pro-democracy non-governmental organization, in a statement last night, condemned the reported invasion and “gestapo operations at the homes of Dasuki on the alleged directives from the Presidency.”
National Coordinator of the group, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, who co-signed the statement, called on Buhari to respect the democratic and civilised tenets of the rule of law and follow constitutional format in redressing alleged abuse of authority by any top government official in the immediate past administration.