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BREAKING: Court Grants Ex-NSA, Sambo Dasuki Bail |RN

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Ex-National Security Adviser, Lt Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) 

A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, on Monday, granted bail to the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

Dasuki had been on trial for alleged diversion of funds meant for procurement of arms to combat the Boko Haram menace to the 2015 presidential campaign of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The bail granted the embattled former presidential aide, on Monday, would be the sixth such bail granted him since the trial.

The trial judge, Justice Ojukwu, described the continuous detention of the Dasuki for the last two and half years as ‘an aberration to the rule of law and the contrition’.

She, therefore, grated the former NSA bail in the sum of N200 million and two sureties.

The sureties according to her, must not be lower than grade 16 in the civil service and where they are private citizens they must be owners of landed properties in Asokoro, Maitama, Utako or Garki area of Abuja.

Also, each surety is expected to pay a sum of 100 million as bail guarantee into the court litigation account.

Meanwhile, Justice Ojukwu took a swipe at the Department of State Services (DSS), stating that it could give itself the powers to met out punishment at a person as only the court has the powers to do that at the end of a trial. (The Sun)

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FG Brings Fresh Charges Against Dasuki |The Republican News

By Tunde Oyesina, Abuja

The Federal Government yesterday increased to 32 from 19, the counts in a money laundering charge filed against a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and four others before an Abuja High Court.

In the amended charge, the Federal Government alleged that the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus; former Chairman Board of Trustee PDP, Chief Tony Anenih; former PDP Spokesperson, Chief Olisa Metuh; Publisher of Thisday, Nduka Obaigbena, Senator Iyorchia Ayu; Chairman of AIT, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Mouftah Baba-Ahmed, Bello Abba Mohammed, Dr. Bello Mohammed, AVM M. N Umar and Otunba Jonah Ogunniyi are among the beneficiaries of the said money.

Apart from individuals, corporate organisations were also named as beneficiaries in the new charge and they include AMP Solar Service, Afro-Arab Investment, Bam Project and Projectiles Limited, Bob Oshodin Organisation Limited, Wehsac Farms Limited, Wehsac Limited, Dimaris Mode Coolture Limited, First Aralac Global Limited, Stellavera Development Limited, Jawaz Multi-purpose Venture Limited, Little Italy Global Services Limited, Belsha Nigeria Ltd and Syvan McNamara Limited, among others.

The Federal Government had first arraigned Dasuki, alongside a former Director of Finance and Administration, Office of National Security Adviser, Shuaibu Salisu; former General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Aminu Baba-Kusa, and two firms- Acacia Holdings and Reliance Referral Hospital in November, 2015 on a 19-count, bordering on breach of trust and money laundering to the tune of N13.5billion.
In the new charge, the Federal Government dropped the name Salisu Shuaib, who was a former Director of Finance and Supply in the ONSA under Dasuki.

At the resumed trial yesterday, Prosecuting Counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, informed the court that they have amended the charge against the defendants from 19 to 32.

He added that the amendment charges excluded the second defendant, Shuaibu Salisu, and urged the court to accept the amendment and also asked for a date for re-arraignment.
Responding, Dasuki’s counsel, Ahmed Raji, (SAN) informed the court that they were served on April 30, and it was only on May 1, that it was brought to his notice.

“I have no privilege of discussing with the first defendant and the counts are almost doubled. Consequently, we will be asking for an adjournment.’’
Counsel to Baba Kusa, Solomon Umoh, SAN, and other counsel in the matter, aligned with Raji for adjournment.

The trial judge, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf, accepted the prosecution’s amendment and adjourned till May 17 for re-arraignment.

The Federal Government did not, however, give any reason why the former Director of Finance in ONSA, who served along with Dasuki, was dropped from the trial having been arraigned together since 2015.

However, lead counsel to Dasuki, Raji, said that he did not know the deal Shuaib had with the Federal Government and EFCC that could have warranted the dropping of his name from the charge.

Raji, however, said that subsequent event in the trial would reveal to the defendants and their counsel all the circumstances leading to the dropping of the core accused, adding that “till then, we will keep our fingers crossed.”
Dasuki and the other four defendants were first arraigned in 2015 and pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.
They were subsequently admitted to bail.
Dasuki was later re-arrested after perfecting the bail conditions on December 29, 2015, and had been in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS till date.                (New Telegraph)

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Dasuki Sues DSS, AGF, Others For Illegal Detention, Seeks N5bn Compensation |RN

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          Former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.)

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

The detained former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), has filed a fresh fundamental human rights enforcement suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja demanding his unconditional release from the custody of the Department of State Services.

Dasuki, who has been detained by the DSS since December 29, 2015, also demanded N5bn as “general damages and compensation” for the alleged violation of his rights.

In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/263/2018 and filed on March 15, 2018, the ex-NSA also urged the court to order the three respondents to the suit to tender public apology to him in two widely published newspapers for the violation of his rights as enshrined under sections 34(1), 35(1), (4) & (5), 37 & 41(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended)”.

The Director-General of the DSS, Mr Lawal Daura, the DSS itself, and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, are joined as the first to the third respondents to the suit.

The suit has been assigned to Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court but no date has been fixed for its hearing.   (Punch)

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DSS Must Release Me Before I Can Testify For Metuh, Says Dasuki |The Republican News

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    Former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.)

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

The detained former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to set aside the subpoena served on him to testify in defence of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh.

Dasuki’s lawyer, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), informed Justice Okon Abang on Monday that his client had filed an application to that effect on October 20 and that same had been served on all the parties to the case.

While introducing the application on Monday, Raji said Dasuki had asked as an alternative prayer in the application, an order of stay of execution of the subpoena served on the detainee pending  his (Dasuki’s) release from the custody of the Department of State Service.

The DSS had detained Dasuki since December 2015 after the ex-NSA was granted bail in respect of two separate sets of charges instituted against him before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.

Justice Abang had earlier refused to grant Metuh’s request to sign the subpoena to be served on Dasuki.

But the Court of Appeal in Abuja on September 29 overruled the judge and directed him to sign the subpoena.

Justice Abang noted on Monday that he had since complied with the Court of Appeal’s order.

Lawyers for all the parties in the case, including the prosecution indicated their intention to oppose Dasuki’s application.
Justice Abang fixed Tuesday for the hearing of the application.

He directed that all the parties would respond to the application orally on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the judge restated on Monday that Dasuki had been scheduled to appear before the court on Wednesday.

Related: Release Dasuki, Kanu, Others Without Condition, Fayose Tells Buhari

Earlier on Monday, Metuh’s lawyer, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), indicated his intention to have former President Goodluck Jonathan summoned to testify in the case in defence of the ex-PDP spokesperson.

Most of Metuh’s defence witnesses, including Mr. Ben Nwosu, who ended his testimony earlier on Monday, had insisted that the sum of N400m paid to him from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November 2014, the money being part of the case against Metuh, was directly authorised by Jonathan.  (Punch)

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Terrorism Became Bigger Under Jonathan, Presidency Replies Dasuki

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Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Presidency, on Monday, said terrorism became bigger while terrorists got more daring under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan due to the administration’s incompetence and misgovernance.

Related: Human Rights Abuses: Release Dasuki, Other Political Detainees, Falana Tells Buhari |The Republican News

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this while responding to a statement credited to a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), that the last administration cleared the North-East of Boko Haram terrorists to make an election possible in the affected areas in 2015.

Dasuki, who is being tried for his roles in the alleged diversion of $2.1bn meant for arms procurement, said this in a foreword he wrote in a newly-published book, ‘Boko Haram Media War – An Encounter with the Spymaster,’ written by a media consultant and public relations professional, Yushau Shuaib.

But Shehu said no amount of lies and fiction could change the fact that the last administration performed poorly in the fight against terrorism.

“The truth, as a matter of fact, is that the monster of terrorism got bigger and more daring due to the incompetence and misgovernance of the last administration and no amount lies and fiction can change that,” he said.

The presidential spokesman described the claim as another unfortunate attempt “by inglorious Nigerians to rewrite the history of our country in such a way as to cover the sins of the past.”

Shehu added that as a public relations goon for the former NSA, the author did not surprise anyone by dismissing the acclaimed successes of the Muhammadu Buhari administration in the fight against Boko Haram by claiming that the current government took the glory for the achievements of the previous government in the war against terrorism.

Related: Ex- Governor Of Kaduna, Umar Slams Buhari Over Dasuki, Jonathan’s Ill Treatment

He stated, “For those interested in the facts, as of the time elections were held in March 2015, a number of local government areas in North-East Nigeria were completely under the control of Boko Haram – to the extent that elections in those areas had to be moved to safe areas.

“Residents of areas such as Gwoza, Banki, Kukawa, Monguno, Bulumba, Baga, Gamboru Ngala, Dikwa, Mafa, etc., were able to vote, not in their hometowns but in refugee camps in other parts of Borno State under special arrangements made by INEC.

“Since the Buhari administration came into power, however, many of those residents have returned to their homes and Boko Haram eradicated from their areas.

“In many of these areas, institutions such as schools, police stations, markets and courts have been re-established or in the process of being re-established.

“Despite Mr. Dasuki’s attempt to rewrite history, Nigerians could not have forgotten the embarrassing stories of failed weapons that plagued our country’s military during the previous administration, when unserviceable weapons, expired ammunition and fake armoured vehicles caused untold grief to our valiant armed forces on the battlefield, with arms exploding willy-nilly and guns failing to fire.

Related: Ex- Governor Of Kaduna, Umar Slams Buhari Over Dasuki, Jonathan’s Ill Treatment

“It is for trespasses like this that the Buhari administration is determined to get to the bottom of the $2.1bn arms procurement scandal and ensure that no single one of the culprits goes scot-free.” (Punchng.com)

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Obey Court Orders On Dasuki, El-Zakzaky, Sagay Tells FG

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Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has asked the Federal Government to obey court orders regarding the detention of embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.); and the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

Sagay said this during an interview with The PUNCH while reacting to calls by the Nigerian Bar Association for the release of Dasuki and El-Zakzaky.

The senior advocate advised the Federal Government to either obey the court order by immediately releasing them or to appeal the orders.

“The court orders should be obeyed and I don’t know what reason the government has for not releasing them. If they have good reasons, they should canvass the reasons before the court and leave the court to decide.

“If the court rules against them, then they should appeal against the ruling and then apply for stay of the ruling pending the appeal. That is what the government should do rather than detaining them perpetually,” Sagay added.

The PACAC chairman also agreed with the NBA regarding the prolonged probe of judges without trial.

The NBA had, on Monday, asked the Federal Government to immediately stop the investigation of the judges so that they could return to work.

Sagay, however, called on the government to wrap up the probe by prosecuting the judges immediately or by dropping the cases.

He added, “The Federal Government should hurry up and if they cannot file the adequate charges, then they should inform the people involved and allow them to continue with their careers on the bench.”

The PACAC chairman, however, disagreed with the NBA regarding the non-confirmation of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

The association had called on the legislature and the executive to work out their differences, adding that Magu’s issue had made Nigeria a laughing stock among the comity of nations.

Sagay argued that the NBA’s concern was misplaced as the President was empowered by the constitution to make some appointments without recourse to the Senate.

He stated, “What makes Nigeria a laughing stock in the face of the world?

“It is clear that the President can appoint an acting head of any of the agencies and that has been done. It is also clear from the terms of Section 176 of the Constitution that the President can appoint a person outright head, not even acting, without consulting anybody.”            (Punchng.com)

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Judge Warns DSS Over Failure To Produce Dasuki In Court |The Republican News

From Godwin Tsa, Abuja

Irked by the consistent absence of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), in court for trial, a judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf, yesterday warned the Department of State Service (DSS) not to take the trial lightly.
Justice Baba-Yusuf, who was angry over the conduct of the DSS, adjourned the case to July 10, 11 and 12, 2017, at the instance of the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN).
He asked the prosecuting counsel to contact all agencies of government to ensure that Dasuki was produced in court on the next trial dates.
Dasuki is standing trial on charges of alleged diversion of funds meant for procurement of arms.
The judge said: “I only want to say that the proceedings of the court should not be taken lightly.
“Extraneous considerations must not be allowed to interfere with course of justice.”
Earlier, Jacobs said the DSS’ legal director attributed the failure of the agency to produce the ex-NSA in court on Tuesday to an “oversight.” He further explained that after he discovered that the ex-NSA had not been produced in court at the scheduled time on Tuesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission contacted the DSS, which blamed it on the unwillingness of Dasuki to attend court because he was indisposed.
Jacobs said: “I contacted the Director of Legal of DSS to explain the absence of the first defendant in court yesterday (Tuesday). He told me it was an oversight and that the first defendant would be produced this morning (Wednesday).
“I made series of efforts when I discovered he was not yet in court this morning, but I was unable to contact the DSS. I immediately contacted my client, the EFCC, for them to approach the DSS. My client later told me that the first defendant said he was indisposed and would not come to court.
“On account of that, I will be asking for an adjournment.”
Counsel to Dasuki, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), said he had no objection to the prosecutor’s application for an adjournment, even as he described the situation as “an inter-departmental issue.”
He further stated that the situation had further highlighted the state of powerlessness of the court that a defendant granted bail by the court was unable to enjoy the bail.
Daudu said: “From all that the prosecuting counsel has said, it is an inter-departmental issue. I think this highlights the powerlessness of the court; the court granted him bail, which he has not been allowed to enjoy.”
Another defence lawyer in the case, Chief Akin Olujinmi (SAN), described the excuse of an oversight given by the agency as the reason for the failure to produce the ex-NSA in court earlier on Tuesday as “irritating”.
While not opposing the request for adjournment, Olujinmi asked the judge to direct the DSS to produce Dasuki in court on the next trial date.
Others standing trial alongside the ex- NSA are a former Director of Finance and Administration in the office of NSA, Shuaibu Salisu; former General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Aminu Baba-Kusa.
Two companies belonging to Baba-Kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited, are also part of the defendants.
The case involving the alleged diversion of N32 billion was scheduled to come up on Tuesday, but while the other defendants in the case were in court, the DSS did not produce Dasuki.       (The Sun)

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FG Wants Masked Witnesses Against Dasuki To Testify Behind Screen

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                    Immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.)

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

The Federal Government, on Thursday, urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to allow its prosecution witnesses to testify behind the screen in the trial of a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

Justice Ahmed Mohammed said he would, on June 15, rule on the application which was opposed by Dasuki’s lawyer, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN).

The lead prosecuting lawyer, Mr. Dipo Okpeseyi (SAN), while addressing the court on Thursday, stated that there was possible threat to the witnesses’ lives by virtue of Dasuki’s current and previous positions.

Dasuki’s lawyer, Raji, however, urged the court to consider the alleged threat as a mere “speculation” without any evidence supporting it.

But the prosecutor, in his further argument, insisted that the threat was real, alluding to an alleged inexplicable accident which he said had virtually incapacitated the principal prosecution witness in the case.

Okpeseyi added, “The principal witness in this case can no longer appear in court due to an accident he was involved in.

“The circumstances surrounding his accident are still unknown. He was just saved by God. He sustained multiple fractures from his head to his leg.

“So, life must be protected before it is lost.”

The prosecution had, on April 6, 2017, re-arraigned Dasuki on amended charges of money laundering, stealing of prohibited firearms and illegal possession of firearms.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to all the seven counts instituted against him.

At the hearing of the prosecution’s application for witness protection on Thursday, Okpeseyi argued that there was a need to shield the identities of the prosecution witnesses from the public.

He said this was because the witnesses were operatives of the Department of State Services “carrying out covert operations on behalf of the Federal Government in various parts of the country and even beyond.”

Okpeseyi also noted that Dasuki’s status as a former senior military officer, an ex-Aide-de-Camp to a sitting President, a former NSA and a crown prince (of Sokoto Caliphate), collectively conferred on the defendant large followers.

He stated, “What we seek is for them to give evidence behind a screen to be provided by the court.

“The defendant was once their boss and the defendant had been a senior military officer, a former Aide-de-Camp to a sitting President, a former NSA and a crown prince, who has large followers.

“It is for these reasons that, even without his (Dasuki’s) knowing, harm may come the way of the witnesses.”

He also distinguished between the application and the one earlier filed by the prosecution and dismissed by the former trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, from whom the entire case was transferred to the current trial judge.

Okpeseyi said Section 232(b) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act provides for “screening” or “masking” as the options for witness protection which the prosecution could seek for its witnesses.

He added that the screen, if allowed by the court, would not take away the right of the defence to cross-examine the witnesses or prevent the defence lawyers as well as the defendant from seeing the prosecution witnesses behind the screen.

But in response, Raji insisted that the alleged threat to the prosecution witnesses’ lives was speculative as no harm had been done to any of the prosecution witnesses who had been testifying without a screen in the two criminal cases pending against Dasuki in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja.

He also argued that a similar application had been dismissed by the former trial judge, adding that if the court granted the application, it would amount to Justice Mohammed sitting as an appeal court over the previous ruling.

He argued that Section 232 of ACJA was applicable to the trial as some of the offences instituted against the defendant fell under economic and financial crimes as provided under section 232(4)(c) of the Act.

Justice Mohammed fixed June 15 for ruling.      (Punchng.com)

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Ex- Governor Of Kaduna, Umar Slams Buhari Over Dasuki, Jonathan’s Ill Treatment

From Noah Ebije, Kaduna

Former military governor of Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (retd) has hit the Federal Government over the ordeal of erstwhile National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd).

    His continued detention, according to him, was beyond anti-graft war, as he claimed Dasuki was  being punished because of his loyal service to former president Goodluck Jonathan.

In a statement issued yesterday,  Umar  also expressed sadness at the continued villification of Jonathan, who he said was the most maligned Nigerian former head of state, despite all he has done for the country.

To buttress his witch-hunt claim,  Umar drew attention to the series of court rulings ordering the release of the ex-NSA boss, but which the government has flouted.

“The only explanation one can find for Col. Dasuki’s lengthy detention without trial is that he belongs to the wrong camp. He has also the misfortune of having served as National Security Adviser to the much vilified Nigerian president of Ijaw extraction,” Umar said.

The former military governor, however, lauded the  decision by the Federal Government  to suspend the Secretary to the Government of the Federation  (SGF), Mr. David Babachir Lawal and the Director General, National Intelligence Agency  (NIA), Mr. Ayodele Oke while being investigated without being detained. He said it was  a welcome development in the administration’s war against corruption.

The statement read: “Most fair-minded Nigerians are no more impressed and are indeed sceptical with the conduct of this government’s anti-corruption war which appears to be aimed at the neutralisation and destruction of the opposition.

“It is over one year since three law courts, including ECOWAS Court granted bail to Col. M.S. Dasuki. The Federal Government has however refused to release him citing the untenable excuse of the grievous nature of his offence. Our extant constitution is quite clear on this issue.

“The Federal Government does not have the power to determine which offence is bailable or whether an accused person is deserving of bail. It should, therefore, obey courts’ decisions and release Col. Dasuki without any further delay. His unlawful detention, campaign of calumny and pretrial publicity make it impossible for him to receive a fair trial.

“The only explanation one can find for Col. Dasuki’s lengthy detention without trial is that he belongs to the wrong camp. He has also the misfortune of having served as National Security Adviser to the much vilified Nigerian president of Ijaw extraction.

“Colonel Dasuki’s fate is tied to that of his former principal, president Goodluck Jonathan, an honourable and patriotic Nigerian who conceded defeat and congratulated the winner of the 2015 Presidential election Gen Muhammadu Buhari even before INEC declared the final results, when he could have held on tenaciously to power as is the norm in many Third World countries.

“This rare act of statesmanship which pulled the country back from the precipice has been rewarded with utmost disrespect and derision by the APC Federal Government,  President Jonathan is the most maligned Nigerian former Head of State. Col. Dasuki is paying dearly for his loyal service to this patriot. All well-meaning Nigerians must speak out against his unfair and unlawful treatment.

“We cannot afford to remain neutral in the face of this monumental injustice. When one Nigerian is unlawfully detained all of us must have the moral consciousness to feel psychologically incarcerated.

“The decision by the Federal Government of Nigeria to suspend the SGF Mr David Babachir Lawal and the DG, NIA, Mr Ayodele Oke while they are being investigated is a welcome development in its war against corruption.

“It is also remarkable and commendable that the government has decided not to detain the duo while they are being investigated. This is a welcome departure from the prevailing anti democratic process by which accused persons, particularly from the opposition camp, are unlawfully detained pending the commencement of investigations, or refused bail granted by law courts.

“There is national unanimity in support of the war against corruption which is expected to be non-discriminatory and waged by a meticulous adherence to the rule of law. For the war to be meaningful and sustainable, it must be elevated beyond a President Buhari personal struggle to a national one”.           (Punchng.com)

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Release Dasuki, Kanu, Others Without Condition, Fayose Tells Buhari

From Wole Balogun, Ado-Ekiti

Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to grant unconditional release to former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

In a statement in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, Fayose urged Buhari to reciprocate the mercy of God upon his life by showing mercy to Sambo, Kanu and others.

He also said it will not be right to turn back the hands of the country’s clock, and noted that the current peace in the Niger Delta and the slight improvement in the economy must be improved upon.

Thanking God for the president’s return in good health, which he said was all at the mercy of God, and particularly, as a result of the prayers of Nigerians who have made this to happen, the Ekiti governor told Buhari: “It is, therefore, incumbent on you to show mercy on Nnamdi Kanu and Sambo Dasuki, who have been granted bail already by courts of competent jurisdiction, and such other Nigerians who are suffering unjust, punitive, illegal, and unconstitutional incarceration.

“Allow all those who have been granted bail by the court to enjoy their bail while their trial continues. This is the right, just, and merciful thing to do, especially now that your good self is looking up to God for mercy.

“Those of us in authority must not be seen to be using our God-given powers to oppress the citizens placed under our care.

“The citizens’ fundamental human rights must not be taken away.

“In the spirit of Nigerians praying for your full and quick recovery, kindly show mercy as it will only cost you humility to show mercy to those people who deserve it.

“If we do not forgive, we ourselves will not get forgiveness. If we do not pardon, we will not get pardon. President Buhari, I enjoin you to please pardon Kanu and others, so that Nigeria can move forward.

“If you heed to this advice, I can assure you that it will yield positive dividends to your government and I want you to know that I am speaking the mind of Nigerians on this matter,” the governor added.

Fayose then condemned some Igbo leaders, who he said were playing politics with Kanu’s continued incarceration, and warned that the continued incarceration of Kanu by this administration can be interpreted to mean hatred for the Igbo as a people.  (The Sun)

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