SSS Invasion Of My House A Witch-hunt – Ex-NSA Dasuki Opens Up On Ordeal

Sambo Dasuki-National Security AdviserThe former National Security Adviser, Mr. Sambo Dasuki, yesterday raised the alarm over what he deemed a plot by the State Security Service (SSS) to implicate him in alleged security breaches.
The immediate past NSA said Nigerians should know that the invasion of his house by SSS operatives was a sheer witch-hunt even as he expressed sadness that the operatives forced their way into his ailing father’s house in Sokoto and broke open his safe.
Dasuki, who spoke exclusively with The NATION on the phone yesterday, lamented the treatment meted on him, recalling that while he was the National Security Adviser, he did not maltreat any Nigerian.
He said he was subjected to a 12-hour ordeal from 6pm on Thursday till 6am on Friday.
“The SSS operatives came in two trucks with a search warrant from a Magistrate Court. The warrant gave them the power to search for ‘illegal weapons and any incriminating item’. You can imagine what that is supposed to mean.
“I left office on Tuesday and they got the warrant on Wednesday and executed it by 6pm on Thursday.
“From 6pm on Thursday, throughout the night till about 6am this morning (Friday), they were searching my house looking for incriminating items.
“They restricted my movement. I cannot go out and no one can visit me. All those who attempted to see me were stopped from doing so.
“In fact, my son was blocked from entering my residence. My two cooks, who used to come from their homes to prepare my meals, were also disallowed from leaving my house.
“The only person allowed was the man who feeds my dogs. And he only related with the dogs.
“By Friday morning, they packed away all the nine cars in my residence. I could not go out to perform the Eid-el-Fitr prayer because of the restriction.
“Even when I sought permission to go to Eid Praying Ground, they promised to provide a vehicle but they never did”.
Responding to a question, Dasuki said: “This is just a witch-hunt; they are desperately looking for something to implicate me.
“They went to my father’s house including breaking into the ceiling to look for incriminating documents. They broke a safe in my father’s house.
“Also, my sister kept a 20-year old box in my father’s house, they also forced it open. What has my father got to do with this?
“And the old man is in hospital in London. He was shocked to hear that they broke into his house. The good thing is that they did not find anything.
“They brought the photocopy of a 2007 draft by my brother, Ahmed, and asked me to comment on it. Was I in office in 2007 as NSA? You can see the extent to which they are ready to go to implicate me”, he said.
It was learnt that the SSS operatives yesterday also seized the former NSA’s international passport and $40,000 cash found in his house.
They also retrieved three rifles which were being used by members of his protective team while in office.
Despite the fact that the protective team was yet to be fully disengaged, which informed the arms found at the ex-NSA’s residence, the SSS asked him to explain how he came about the rifles.
On the allegations against him, especially the ones bordering on purchase of military hardware, funds for counter-insurgency and the seized $15million in South Africa, Dasuki said: “I read some of these allegations in The Nation but nobody has asked me some of these things they are saying. I was not even in charge of some of these things. How do I account for all?
“And if you want me to respond to these issues, you have to give me access to relevant documents. You do not need to restrict my movement. You can see that they are just out to set me up. Even if they find a knife in my house, they will say it is incriminating”.
“There are some who should account 10 times for some of these allegations they are raising but they are walking about freely”, he added.
Dasuki, who sounded unfazed on the phone, said as a retired senior military officer and ex-NSA, he deserved to be better treated.
“Everybody should know what is happening. They sent some low-level officers, looking for something to implicate me.
“It is just a witch-hunt. If you want me to make clarifications on any issue, in the spirit of democracy and the rule of Law, have the courtesy to invite me and as a gentleman, I will honour the invitation. Sending two trucks to lay siege on my house and restrict my movement is just abysmal.
“For a man who left office on Tuesday, where will I run to? I have nothing to fear”.
The former NSA said he was unfairly treated by the SSS because when he was in charge of the nation’s security, he was “cautious, careful and fair in his approach”.
He added: “I was fair to all as NSA. Even when I had security cause to act on some issues, inflammatory comments and actions against the government of the day by those in the opposition, I exercised restraint. I did not restrict anyone’s movement, I never asked security agents to occupy anybody’s house.
“But that is the new change we have, this is our own definition of democracy. All I know is that everything has a beginning and an end in a democracy. I gave my best for this transition, which led to the victory of the opposition over the ruling party”.
At about 6 pm yesterday, the SSS operatives were withdrawn from the former NSA’s residence in Asokoro, Abuja.


  1. Thunder fire your Mouth! Stupid idiot. This is the beginning of your problems for helping Jonathan & the PDPigs to ride us roughshod. You single handedly postponed an election you were very certain you would lose thinking you could employ some kind of magic or some gymnastics that would help you. You claimed you & your family were restricted. I don’t blame you. Family members of those killed by boko haram that you people cloned, don’t even have words to express how they feel. You also talked about your dogs. Hundreds of thousands of IDPs in refugee camps displaced by boko haram, don’t even have food to eat. This, Insha Allah, is the beginning of your travails. Kuma za ka ci kutumar ubanka. Shege tsinanne azzalumi. Murderers!

    • @volcano idiot like u who are u to insult Mr Dasuki, stupid puppet like u son of nobody . That is how u will end up insulting people with all ur generations fire strike u…. Idiot


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