Former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd), remained restricted to his John Kadia Street, Asokoro, Abuja residence, on Friday, even as the State Security Service (SSS) increased the number of its operatives there from three to eight.
Sambo Dasuki (rtd) had floored the Federal Government and Department of State Service (DSS) in one of the first ruling of Federal High Court (FHC) sitting in Abuja, which granted his application for speedy and urgent medical treatment abroad. The presiding judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola in his ruling, dismissed the counter argument by the Prosecuting Counsel, opposing Dasuki’s need for medical check-up outside the country but the DSS stopped him from embarking on the trip.
Reports say apart from operatives at the residence, there were manned security vehicles stationed on both ends of the street with the agents searching vehicles going in and out of the street.
An aide of the former NSA told Saturday Tribune under anonymity that the number of the operatives was increased to eight at about the time of Jumat service, apparently because it was thought Dasuki might want to go for the service.
“Every vehicle that enters or leaves the street is thoroughly searched. Even the boot is searched to ensure that he does not escape hiding in a car boot.
“The operatives have not entered the main house where the former NSA lives. They are still at the gate as we speak. They are also at the two ends of the street.
“His lawyers are likely to ask for an extension of the two weeks given him by the Federal High Court to go abroad for his medicals. This is because a week is almost gone now due to his house arrest.
“On Wednesday, he had got his boarding pass – Lufthansa. He was simply advised not to travel on that day because he got hints that security operatives were waiting for him at the airport.
“Then on Thursday morning, as early as possible, they were in his house and have remained there since,” the aide told Saturday Tribune.
The Department of State Service had said on Thursday that it was after Dasuki because of his failure to appear before an investigative committee on a $2 billion arms transaction by the immediate past administration under which he served as the NSA.