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Illegal Firearms Possession, DSS Drags Sambo To Court

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The Department of State Services has dragged the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) to court for alleged illegal possession of firearms.
The service, in a statement by a DSS official, Tony Opuiyo, said Dasuki was charged to court for owning firearms without licence.

The DSS had on July 16, 2015 carried out search operations on the ex-NSA's residences in Asokoro, Abuja and Sokoto, where its operatives claimed to have recovered seven high calibre rifles including magazines and military gears at the houses located at 13, John Khadya Street, and 46, Nelson Mandela Street, both at Asokoro, Abuja, and 3 Sabon Birni Road, Gwiwa Area, Sokoto, Sokoto State.

The agency also recovered 12 new vehicles, including five bullet-proof cars from Dasuki's house, the ownership of which could not be explained by the embattled former NSA, and which investigators believed must have been purchased with proceeds of corruption.

The DSS had claimed that it searched Dasuki's homes “based on credible intelligence linking the imme-diate past NSA with alleged plans to com¬mit treasonable felony against the Nigerian state.”

But in the Monday statement, the service said it charged him to court based on evidence so far obtained.

The service said Dasuki's arraignment was in line with democratic practice and “our avowed commitment to the rule of law, in which nobody is deemed to be above the law, no matter how highly placed in the society.”

It added that the public would be duly informed as the matter progresses.