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Friday, 13 November 2015

Dasuki: Court hears suit on threat to life today

The Federal High Court will today in Abuja commence hearing in the enforcement of fundamental rights suit instituted against the Federal Government by the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd).
Dasuki, who has been placed under house arrest by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), is asking the court for a mandatory order compelling government and its agents, especially DSS, to vacate his house in Asokoro with immediate effect.
In the suit filed by his counsel, Mr. Ahmed Adeniyi Raji (SAN), Dasuki asked the court to stop the siege on his house and remove all impediments, human and non-human barricade and bulwarks said to have hindered the permission granted him since November 3 to travel abroad for treatment of his ailing medical condition. In a 13-paragraph affidavit in support of the motion, Dasuki claimed that following the order of November 3 permitting him to go abroad for medical attention, he immediately purchased his travel ticket and boarding pass issued to him to accomplish the trip.
He averred that shortly after, the operatives of the DSS acting on behalf of the Federal Government stormed and barricaded his house at Asokoro in brazen defiance of the court order and prevented him from travelling out.
The Federal Government had preferred criminal charges of unlawful possession of firearms and money laundering against Dasuki at the Federal High Court.
He denied the charges and was granted bail. As a result of his successful application, Justice Adeniyi Ademola on November 3 granted him permission to travel abroad to treat his ailment.

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