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DSS Siege: Dasuki Sues FG Alleging Threat to Life, Freedom of Movement ‎


ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – Former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) has dragged the Federal Government to a Federal High Court (FHC) in Abuja seeking enforcement of his fundamental human rights to dignity and security of his life.
Dasuki, in the suit filed by his counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN), on Monday, is asking the court for a mandatory order compelling the Federal Government and its agents especially the operatives of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) to vacate his house located at 13, John Kadija Street, Asokoro, Abuja, with immediate effect.
He prayed the court to stop the ongoing siege on his house and “to remove all impediments, human and non-human barricade and bulwarks” said to have hindered the permission granted him since November 3 to travel abroad for treatment of his ailing medical condition.
In a motion on notice filed pursuant to section 36(5) 37 and 41 of the 1999 constitution and sections 1(1) and (2) and 266 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, the ex-NSA also sought for order of the court extending order of November 3 permitting treatment of his ailment abroad.
The motion on notice was premised on five grounds including the request to enforce the three-week permission granted him by the court on November 3 to keep a re-rescheduled medical appointment with his physician abroad.
He claimed that the Federal Government acting through the operatives of the DSS and other security agencies have frustrated the said order by barricading his apartment since the permission was granted.
Dasuki also requested the court to extend the order of Number 3 since it could not be implemented due to the action of the security agents.
He further asked the court to dispose with his appearance in court for the purpose of this application because of the alleged constant threats to his life from the security agencies.
In a 13-paragraph affidavit in support of the motion, the ex-NSA claimed that following the order of November 3 permitting him to go abroad for medical attention, he immediately purchased his travel ticket and boarding pass issued to him to accomplish the trip.
He averred that shortly after, the operatives of the DSS acting on behalf of the Federal Government stormed and barricaded his house at Asokoro in brazen defiance of the court order and prevented him from traveling out.
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Dasuki asserted that the siege on his house ought to be immediately removed and that as a result of the aggression of the Federal Government, his life has been under constant threat.
No date has been fixed for hearing of the suit.
The Federal Government had preferred criminal charges of unlawful possession of firearms and money laundering against Dasuki at the Federal High Court. He denied the charges and was granted bail.
However, as a result of his successful application, Justice Adeniyi Ademola on November 3 granted him permission to travel abroad to treat his ailment.
The grant of the permission followed the affidavit evidence filed by the Federal Government that investigations into the alleged possession of firearms and money laundering have been fully completed.
But the three weeks permission to go abroad for medical attention could not be implemented following the house arrest the DSS placed Dasuki since November 4, 2015.

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