Nigeria’s immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has been formally charged with illegal possession of firearms.
Charges filed by Nigeria’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Mohammed Diri, indicate that Mr. Dasuki would appear in an Abuja court on Tuesday to face charges including unlawful possession of several assault rifles and ammunition.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt the former NSA would be arraigned before a vacation judge since Nigerian courts are currently on vacation.
The charges would be read to him, and he would be allowed to take his plea. The case will then be assigned to another judge once the courts reopens.
A source close to Mr. Dasuki said the former NSA would most likely plead not guilty to the charges, following which his lawyers would move an oral application for bail.
Mr. Dasuki, appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan, to coordinate Nigeria’s security agencies in the heat of the country’s war against Boko Haram insurgents, has had a rough time since he was removed last month.
Shortly after he was fired, he was placed under house arrest while his home, in the heart of the city, was searched by Nigeria’s secret police, the State Security Service, in a standoff that lasted several hours.