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DSS set to grill ex-NSA, Dasuki


Department of State Security (DSS) is set to grill former national security adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuk in connection with the probe of ex-Service Chiefs by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

There were speculations on Thursday night that Dasuki has been arrested by operatives of the DSS.

The DSS operatives stormed Dasuki’s Asokoro Quarters compound at about 7.30pm.  He was breaking his Ramadan fast.

It was gathered that the former NSA was caught unawares because there was no official invitation by the DSS or any communication as required of his status.

A highly-placed source said the former NSA was shocked that he was not contacted or invited for interaction on any issue.

A security source said: “I think the siege to Dasuki’s  was part of the first step to probe the immediate past Service chiefs.

The security source added that the movement of the  ex-Service Chiefs might be restricted to the country, pending the conclusion of preliminary investigations into how military budgets were run in the last five years.

The security source confirmed that Dasuki might be investigated on the following issues:

  • all sources of funding of the campaign against Boko Haram;
  • purchase of arms from Russia and its cost;
  • training of the members of the Special Force;
  • why the seized $15m was hauled in cash to South Africa to the embarrassment of the nation;
  • what informed the recruitment of South African mercenaries as fighters in Sambisa Forest, Gwoza and some parts of  Adamawa and Yobe states; and
  • why Nigeria rejected military assistance from the US and the UK against Boko Haram.

As at press time, the fate of the former Service Chiefs was unknown, but a source said “they have been placed on close monitoring”.

They are former Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, ex-Chief of Army Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, ex-Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman, and ex-Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu.




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