First posted by thewill.
Personnel of the State Security Service (SSS) that surrounded the Asokoro, Abuja residence of former National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, on Thursday night, holding him hostage, have searched the house and seized cars, after they were finally allowed into the home by the former top officer, following a lengthy standoff.
Sambo, who had initially refused them entry when they arrived his residence at about 6pm because they had no warrant, allowed them inside at about 2.am following pressures from some of his close friends, sources with knowledge of incident told THEWILL.
THEWILL further gathered that all the private cars in the residence were seized and transported to the SSS headquarters after the home was searched for about 4 hours.
“They didn’t find whatever they were looking for inside the home after the search,” one of our sources said.
Some SSS personnel were still inside the compound as at 7am Nigerian time, THEWILL can report.
President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military dictator, had assured during the presidential campaign and in his swearing-in address that his administration would respect human rights and the rule of law.
Coincidentally, during the military coup that forced Buhari out of power in 1985, it was Sambo that led a team of soldiers to arrest him. His associates say he may be paying back Sambo, a Sokoto prince and son of the deposed Sultan Dasuki.
THEWILL gathered that SSS personal have maintained the security perimeter around streets leading to Sambo’s residence and are holding him hostage. The press have not been allowed into the perimeter, some local journalists said.
Associates of Sambo who opted to remain anonymous told THEWILL that he had scheduled a holiday trip to the United States today (Saturday), saying the raid at the residence was to frustrate his travel plan which coincides with the President’s official visit to Washington DC.
Several calls to SSS spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, to get a formal statement,
were not acknowledged.
The President’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, told THEIWLL via telephone that he hadn’t been formally briefed by the New Director-General of the SSS, Lawal Musa Daura.