Why Ex-NSA Sambo Dasuki was absent at father’s burial – Nigerian Govt.

FILE PHOTO: Former NSA Sambo Dasuki and others arraigned over misappropriation at the FCT High Court in Abuja
FILE PHOTO: Former NSA Sambo Dasuki and others arraigned over misappropriation at the FCT High Court in Abuja

The Federal Government onTuesday said it offered the detained National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, an opportunity to attend his father’s burial on Tuesday.

Former Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki was buried on Tuesday in Sokoto after his death on Monday evening.

Conspicuously missing at the burial was the former Sultan’s son, Sambo, who is being held by the State Security Service, SSS, despite various court rulings granting him bail.

On Tuesday, the federal government, seeking to absolve itself of any responsibility in the younger Dasuki’s absence, said it offered him an opportunity to attend the burial.

“Even when the late Sultan was in the hospital he was allowed to go and visit him but he rejected,” the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, told DW Radio Hausa.

“He was also asked to attend his father’s burial and stay with his family for some time, the same Dasuki (Sambo) rejected,” he added.


A source close to the former National Security Adviser confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES the retired army officer indeed rejected the offer to attend his father’s burial.

The source said Mr. Dasuki rejected the offer because it was planned to humiliate him.

“They were going to chain him, put him in a security vehicle with several security vans and make him appear like a criminal to his people,” the source said.

He added that the embattled Mr. Dasuki, knowing the government’s plan, rejected the offer.

“He asked them to allow him enjoy the bail that he was granted by the courts, instead of posturing that they were doing him a favour,” the source said.

The SSS has held on to Mr. Dasuki despite rulings by at least two Nigerian courts and an ECOWAS Court for him to be released on bail.

The retired lieutenant colonel is already facing multiple charges of fraud and possession of illegal weapons.

He has been accused of mismanaging over $2 billion meant for purchase of arms for the military while he held sway as ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s National Security Adviser.

The former NSA denied any wrongdoing.


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  • Eze

    this goverment self! would they have granted a common criminal whose action must have been prompted by looting of the likes of dansuki the permission to go and bury his father? I am glad he did not go sha. but government should stop this kind of preferential treatment. may God have mercy on the deceased through Christ our Lord. AMEN

  • Usman

    isn’t he a criminal?

  • Inieke Akpan Ekuma

    did the internally displaced persons had the opportunity to bury their death or visit their wonded relative in the hospital? this benevolent I guess isn’t necessary.

    • Julius

      Thank you.

  • Segun Adeoye

    Good my gallant soldier for shunning their Greek gift! Let the dead bury their dead and let posterity pay those behind your travail in good coin! They held you captive even with several court orders setting you free, they kept you captive by not allowing you that freedom to give your ailing father the proper treatment to keep him alive, they kept you captive knowing fully well your continued incarceration will break your father, all these they’ve achieved, they’re now extending this Greek gift of you attending the burial to you!
    Thank God you were able to discern their evil mindset and posture! You’re kept there for a purpose, the good Lord will vindicate you and eventually disgrace these sets of evil men riding on the affairs of our nation at this time!

    • Prince

      What this shows that elections are important. When you’re part of a system endeavor to make it work for everyone. You should listen to the yearnnngs of the pple.
      Do what is right and just to majority of the people bcos you cannot satisfy everyone. Perhaps it’s by providence that’s he’s where he’s at.
      The other lesson to those holding him is that they too should and must understand that vengeance is of God and power is transient. This knowledge is so imperative .
      Holding this man forever has not brought back all the supposed stolen wealth. Which by the way is a LOT of money. Wow! Govt has to devise another way.

  • Julius

    This saga should teach these criminals in the country some lessons. Dasuki fucked with the wrong person and IBB cant do a damn thing for him now. What a shame.