The former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has shared details of what he went through when his home was invaded and he was held under house arrest by operatives of the State Security Service from Thursday to Friday, July 17.
The SSS operatives arrived his home in two trucks with a search warrant from a Magistrate Court, which gave them the power to search for ‘illegal weapons and any incriminating item.
Dasuki said the activities of the SSS towards him was a with-hunt, adding that they are trying to implicate him in alleged security breaches.
Speaking with the Nation after the siege on his home ended, Dasuki said he did not deserve the treatment because as the National Security Adviser he did not maltreat any Nigerian.
“I left office on Tuesday and they got the warrant on Wednesday and executed it by 6pm on Thursday. From 6pm on Thursday, throughout the night till about 6am this morning (Friday), they were searching my house looking for incriminating items.
“They restricted my movement. I cannot go out and no one can visit me. All those who attempted to see me were stopped from doing so. In fact, my son was blocked from entering my residence. My two cooks, who used to come from their homes to prepare my meals, were also disallowed from leaving my house.
“The only person allowed was the man who feeds my dogs. And he only related with the dogs. By Friday morning, they packed away all the nine cars in my residence. I could not go out to perform the Eid-el-Fitr prayer because of the restriction. Even when I sought permission to go to Eid Praying Ground, they promised to provide a vehicle but they never did.”
“This is just a witch-hunt; they are desperately looking for something to implicate me. They went to my father’s house including breaking into the ceiling to look for incriminating documents. They broke a safe in my father’s house. Also, my sister kept a 20-year old box in my father’s house, they also forced it open. What has my father got to do with this?
“And the old man is in hospital in London. He was shocked to hear that they broke into his house. The good thing is that they did not find anything. They brought the photocopy of a 2007 draft by my brother, Ahmed, and asked me to comment on it. Was I in office in 2007 as NSA? You can see the extent to which they are ready to go to implicate me.”
“Everybody should know what is happening. They sent some low-level officers, looking for something to implicate me. It is just a witch-hunt. If you want me to make clarifications on any issue, in the spirit of democracy and the rule of Law, have the courtesy to invite me and as a gentleman, I will honour the invitation. Sending two trucks to lay siege on my house and restrict my movement is just abysmal. For a man who left office on Tuesday, where will I run to? I have nothing to fear.”
“I was fair to all as NSA. Even when I had security cause to act on some issues, inflammatory comments and actions against the government of the day by those in the opposition, I exercised restraint. I did not restrict anyone’s movement, I never asked security agents to occupy anybody’s house.
But that is the new change we have, this is our own definition of democracy. All I know is that everything has a beginning and an end in a democracy. I gave my best for this transition, which led to the victory of the opposition over the ruling party.”