Embattled former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Mohamed Dasuki on Friday alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari was behind his unlawful arrest and detention without trial since December 29, 2015.
Dasuki who spoke through his counsel, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN) at an Abuja High Court, claimed that President Buhari instigated his detention unjustly through his comment on Presidential Media Chat in December 2015.
In an affidavit filed in support of his application at the court, the Ex-NSA claimed that the President betrayed the emotion during the Presidential Media Chat when he openly told Nigerians that he (Dasuki) and Nnamdi Kanu could not be allowed on bail because they would jump bail.
Dasuki stated that he had been held incommunicado since his re-arrest and has been prevented from filing effective defence because of his continued detention by DSS without having access to his lawyers.
He therefore asked Justice Peter Affen to stop his further trial until the federal government purged itself of the contempt of court.
Dasuki’s lawyer presented several newspaper cuttings in support of his motion to stop the Defendant’s trial adding that the newspaper publications were the comments of President Buhari during the Presidential Media Chat to the effect that he (Dasuki) and Nnamdi Kanu should not be allowed to go home even if granted bail by any court and that the publications have not been refuted by the Presidency.
However in opposing the application, the counsel to the Federal Government, Mr. Rotimi Jacob said the newspaper publications were not tenable before the court because they have not been certified as required by law.
Jacob informed the court that the charge against Dasuki was at the instance of the EFCC and not the DSS, urging the court not to grant Dasuki’s application.
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Justice Affen fixed March 4, 2016 to give ruling on the application.
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