Friday, 8 July 2016

Beg FG To Release Me, I’m Ready For Trial – Sambo Dasuki

Former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki has protested his detention for alleged $15bn arms deals facilitated by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA), under the watch of the former president, Goodluck Jonathan.

He says the Federal Government should allow his trial to begin. Dasuki is said to have told his associates that he is not disposed to a secret trial.

He insists that based on service rules in a security system, he only obeyed the directive of the President and Commander-in-Chief, former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The ex-NSA, according to The Nation, told his associates: “I am ready for trial because they have destroyed my family’s name and my professional integrity, especially how we successfully fought Boko Haram and recovered major towns and cities, not villages. They should let my trial start in earnest to enable Nigerians know the truth from falsehood."

There is a plan to try Dasuki’s case in secret to protect some of the witnesses. But Dasuki disagreed.

He said: ”I don’t believe in secret trial and there is no basis for it because the government has filed all necessary papers in court and attached the list of witnesses. Since the witnesses have become public knowledge, there is no basis for secret trial."

He pleaded Nigerians to help prevail on the federal government to admit him to bail in line with the present administration’s commitment to the Rule of Law.

Dasuki said: “All those who collected funds from ONSA have been granted bail but I am still in custody. I have been granted bail on all the cases filed against me by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and even DSS, but I have not been released.

"If all the beneficiaries of the so-called funds are on bail, what have I done wrong? Nigerians should help prevail on the government to grant me bail.

"I cannot rock the boat. I am prepared for trial. We did everything with national and security interest.”

Dasuki stressed that he disbursed all the money credited to ONSA based on the directive Jonathan.

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