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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Don't let my husband die in custody - Dasuki's wife begs for his release

Sambo Dasuki’s wife on Tuesday night created a scene at the headquarters of the Department of State Security Service (DSS).

She was heard begging the DSS officials not to let her husband die in custody and asked to be arrested with him as she can no longer endure seeing her husband in the state that he was. He said that Col. Dasuki was not going to run anywhere and questioned the motives of the government which has shown flagrant disregard for court rulings. According to Mrs. Dasuki.

“Nigerians should help me beg the Federal Government, the DSS and other agencies to release my husband who did his best to serve this nation. He is ill, he needs medical attention, he is not pretending. I implore the DSS not to allow him to die in custody.

“I saw my husband and I felt dejected. He is not just well. Nigerians should assist him to get a reprieve. We (myself, the children and relations) are all destabilised. We don’t know what is happening because three courts have granted him bail. Why are they after him? Let those concerned respect the court by releasing my husband.

“There is no way my husband will run away from the country under any guise. They should please follow the rule of law and uphold his right to bail.”

Mrs. Dasuki and relatives of the ex-NSA had waited patiently for Dasuki to meet the last peg of his bail conditions, a surety with about N250million property. But immediately Dasuki was released at the prison, he was re-arrested by the DSS.

After several hours of trying to locate her husband, she returned to the DSS office and demanded for him or in the alternative, she should be locked up with him.

A source said Dasuki’s wife was allowed to see her husband.

“We have followed the rule of law , the ex-NSA is in safe custody. He was once in DSS custody and he was never maltreated and he had access to medicare,” the source said.

A judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Justice Peter Affen last Wednesday banned the EFCC from re-arresting Dasuki, ex-Minister Bashir Yuguda, former Director of Finance at the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) Shuaibu Salisu, Sagir Attahiru and former Governor Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa.

The order of the court followed the granting of the application for bail by counsel to the defendants, including Peter Akper (SAN); Ahmed Raji (SAN); Dr. J. O. Olatoke (SAN); H.O. Afolabi (SAN) and A.U Mustapha.

As at press time, all the accused persons were perfecting their bail conditions.

Those whose bail terms have been approved are Salisu; Bafarawa, ex-NNPC Executive Director Aminu Babakusa and others.

DSS operatives refused to allow Dasuki to go home on bail even after he had perfected his bail conditions.

Counsel to Dasuki Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN) confirmed to PRNigeria that the former NSA had met all the bail conditions given by Justice Affem but regretted that the court order was not obeyed by the DSS.

Raji who perfected the bail condition of his client disclosed that the actions of the security agents was an affront to the rule of law.

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