Armsgate: Fresh controversies over Dasuki’s military service


Sambo Dasuki, embattled National Security Adviser to Goodluck Jonathan
How did the immediate past National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retired) who is being tried for alleged corrupt dealings and diversion of $2.1 billion meant for purchase of arms for the Nigerian Armed Forces currently engaged in the battle against insurgent group, Boko Haram leave the Army?
This was one of the controversies sparked off by Rotimi Jacobs, the prosecuting counsel at the last hearing of the suit against the retired Colonel at Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court last Thursday.
Jacobs had explained the refusal of government to set the former NSA free, in spite of the bail he has been granted by three different courts to this military past.
The prosecuting counsel had told the court that Dasuki was a fugitive, having run away from the Army without proper resignation.
Jacobs added that the Ex-NSA is being currently held by the Department of State Service (DSS) on alleged breach of army service rule.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria who is the counsel to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in the trial of Dasuki on alleged money laundering, told Justice Husseini Baba Yusuf that Dasuki was being detained by DSS in spite of the bail granted him by the judge because of his past in the military.
Jacob specifically told the court that Dasuki went on an exile for seven years and that during the period he allegedly breached the army service rules.
But Ahmed Raji, Dasuki’s lead counsel disputed the claims.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria in a statement published on PRNigeria on Sunday said his client legally left the Army in 1994 and his exit in the military was officially gazetted by the Federal government through the former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar in 1999.
Raji (SAN) therefore claimed …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper