Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd) has expressed his disappointment over reports that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered his arrest over alleged siphoning of billions of dollars earmarked for arms purchases.
The embattled former NSA, according to Vanguard, disclosed that he was never officially or unofficially invited by the 13-man panel set up by the president to audit the procurement of arms and equipment in the Armed Forces and Defence sector from 2007 to date, to appear before it.
While still wondering how the panel came up with an interim report without hearing from him, Sasuki told PR Nigeria that, “I have never been invited formally or informally to appear before the panel. I am therefore not only surprised but embarrassed by seeming indictment by the panel purportedly operating from Office of the National Security Adviser that never contacted me.
“For the record, I am proud to serve my nation with the best of intention and ensuring the recovery of more than 22 local government councils from Boko Haram terrorists.
“Because of the pride on how we tackled terrorism and defeated Boko Haram terrorists through our gallant troops and partners in the twilight of the previous administration, that is the reason I have insisted on open and public trial of my stewardship rather than secret trial in the court as being canvassed by my prosecutors.
“I wish Nigerians will go back and reflect on what we did with even little or no supports from some countries, we performed miracles before the emergence of this administration. Even though the committee was to investigate procurement from 2007 to 2015, yet only my name is always being mentioned even when some of the issues were before I came into the government.”
The former security adviser had canceled his trip abroad for medication on his failing health after it emerged that the Department of State Security (DSS) was planning to arrest him at the airport, but the federal government denied the allegation, stating that he was being prevented from traveling because of some other cases against him.
Dasuki will have to prove his innocence before the court before he will be allowed to travel outside the country to attend to his ill health.