Abuja - The Economic Community of West African
States (ECOWAS) Court will on June 29 rule n the challenge by former National
Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, against his continued detention.
The trial has been adjourned to June 8 and 9 2016 at the
instance of his lawyers.
On Thursday, the court heard how security details, including
soldiers attached to Dasuki, had not been withdrawn by the federal government
when his Asokoro residence in Abuja was searched over allegations of unlawful
possession of arms barely 48 hours after he left office.
An operative of the Department of State Security Service
(DSS), Williams Obiora, confirmed to the court that a retinue of security
agents mainly soldiers was still in the house of the Ex-NSA guarding him when
the DSS stormed the house in search of weapons.
“Efforts to serve him a search warrant were resisted by the
soldiers as they claimed that they couldn't access him. So, we contacted our
office which liaised with the military authority who advised the soldiers to
allow us in because we were there legally,” said Obiora.
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He said eventually, they had access to the house where they
found some weapons and money, although the operatives could not ascertain if he
was involved in money laundering.
Dasuki’s lawyer, Roberts Emukperuo, however said the oral
evidence given by the defence were mostly at variance with the documents filed
before the court.
Dasuki had dragged Federal government before the regional
court claiming that his fundamental right to freedom of liberty was being trampled upon by his detention since December
2015 without trial.
The Ex-NSA prayed the ECOWAS court to order his immediate
release and also a payment of N500 millions as compensation for his detention
and seizure of property.
He is accused of misappropriating US$2 billion as funds
meant to procure weapons for the military.
- CAJ News