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.
WHY HE REJECTED
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.