'How SSS harassed me and my surety' - Ex-NSA recounts ordeal

He said the SSS personnel told his personal security that his presence was needed at the SSS office by 11am today.

 

The National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, has berated the State Security Service (SSS) for harassing him and violating the law when his case is already before a court.

According to Dasuki, the SSS operatives invaded his Abuja residence today, Thursday, November 5, without any court warrant and attempted to force their way into the premises in the name of delivering an invitation letter from the security agency.

Speaking to Premium Times, he said the SSS personnel told his personal security that his presence was needed at the SSS office by 11am today.

He recounted, “I told them that if it is just a letter of invite, they can drop it with my domestic staff, but they insisted that I must come out and collect it myself.

“I told them that unless they had a warrant allowing them to arrest me, I do not have to collect the letter from them and I am also not going anywhere without my lawyer.

Mr. Dasuki said after making his position clear, the SSS operatives threatened his personal security saying they “can force themselves into the House”.

The former security chief further stated that the fresh ordeal started on Tuesday after Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High court ordered his passport returned to him to enable him go abroad for medical treatment.

He said he changed his travel plans initially scheduled for Wednesday after he was reliably informed that the SSS planned to arrest him at the airport.

He also noted that the SSS invited and intimidated Adamawa State ex-governor, Boni Haruna, who stood as his surety in court.

He said, "They brought Boni Haruna to my house yesterday asking him to invite me to go with them just to clarify something. I told them that since this matter is in court, I am not under obligation to deal with them and advised them to go to court if they have any issue related to the case.

“We were also in power and if we had abused it the way they are doing now, they would never have been here. It is unfortunate.

“Instead of following the legal way of doing things, some people decided to take the laws into their hands and see where we are today”.

Dasuki said it was the same poor manner that the SSS handled the Boko Haram insurgency in the past, which turned out to be Nigeria's worst nightmare

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