Former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has expressed his readiness to face trial after his release.
Dasuki, who stopped appearing in court in protest against the Department of State Services (DSS) refusal to free him after being granted bail by the courts, spoke on Wednesday.
“We were going to court but it stopped because they (DSS) were asked to release me and they did not release me”, Dasuki told the Voice of America (Hausa Service) after he walked out of the security outfit’s office on Christmas eve.
Dasuki said he “resolved that anytime they released me, I will appear before the court and defend myself. I am ready.”
The ex-NSA was freed following an order by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami after four years in the custody of the DSS.
He was accused of misappropriating $2.1 billion and award of phantom contracts to purchase 12 helicopters, four jets and ammunition for the prosecution of the war against Boko Haram.
Asked by the VOA if he felt his detention was a payback for the role he played in the 1985 coup which sacked Buhari as Head of State, Dasuki said he was not aware of such a motive.
He attributed his four year ordeal to God’s design and added that he bore no grudge against the President.
The former NSA and retired Colonel said: “Nothing more. I have no problem with anybody. I am more than that. I can’t engage in a feud with anyone.
“There is no call to be made to the government. You know everything that happened to one in life is designed by God. Ignorance and lack of understanding can make one to suffer himself Anything that God destined it to be, it will be.
“You said I spent four years in detention, it is over today. Only God knows everything that will happen tomorrow.
“What is important is for everybody to be fair. Everybody who is a Muslim and who goes to the mosque knows that what the Imam preaches every day is the need for people to be fair and honest. There is a reason for this and we need to listen.”
The Federal Government had ordered the release of Dasuki and convener of #RevolutionNow protest Omoyele Sowore, less than 24 hours after an attack on freedom protesters at the office of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Abuja, on Monday.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami made this public in a statement on Tuesday.
It would be recalled that a group of human rights activists led by Mr Deji Adeyanju came under attack by another counter group while demanding the release of Sowore from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Malami, however, stated that the decision to release them was in compliance with the bail granted the two by the court.
The statement reads: “The office of the honourable Attorney General of the Federation has reviewed the pending criminal charges against the duo of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and Omoyele Sowore.
“Whilst the Federal High Court has exercised its discretion in granting bail to the Defendants in respect of the charges against them, I am also not unmindful of the right of the Complainant/Prosecution to appeal or further challenge the grant of bail by the court having regards to extant legal provisions, particularly Section 169 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
“However, my office has chosen to comply with the court orders while considering the pursuit of its rights of appeal and/or review of the order relating to the bail as granted or varied by the courts.
“In line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), and in compliance with the bail granted to Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) (as recently varied by the Court of Appeal) and the bail granted to Omoyele Sowore, I have directed the State Security Services to comply with the order granting bail.
“The two defendants are enjoined to observe the terms of their bail and refrain from engaging in any act that is inimical to public peace and national security as well as their ongoing trial which will run its course in accordance with the laws of the land.
“I wish to reiterate again the utmost regard of my office for the entire judicial structure of Nigeria.
“This administration remains unrelenting in deepening the rule of law and the administration of justice in general.”