Why DSS won’t release Dasuki, Kanu now – Buhari
Indications emerged yesterday why the Department of State Services (DSS) has not released former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and the director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu just yet.
During his maiden media chat as Nigerian president, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his tacit support for their continued detention in spite of existing court orders.
Buhari said considering the weight of the crimes the duo are accused of committing against the country, they may abuse the court orders and jump bail.
Dasuki is standing trial in court on a 19-count charge bordering on unlawful diversion of funds and criminal breach of trust preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He was rearrested yesterday after being granted bail on three occasions by three courts.
In same vein, Kanu was re-arrested by operatives of the DSS and a fresh charge of treasonable felony filed against him after being granted bail by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
During the media chat, Buhari said it was not in the interest of the country to release both Dasuki and Kanu because of the weight of the allegations against them. He also implied that the duo might jump bail if released.
He said, “Technically, if you see the kinds of atrocities these people are believed to have committed against the country, if they are given the opportunity, they will jump bail. See, the former president wrote to the governor of Central Bank and said ‘give N40bn to so, so and so, and then he gives account.
The President also slammed the plan by the former NSA to seek medical attention in London, saying it would be irresponsible of the federal government to allow such trip.
“What of the over two million people displaced, most of them orphans, whose fathers have been killed? What type of government do you want to run? We cannot allow that,” Buhari said.
Regarding Kanu,Buhari said because the IPOB leader holds dual citizenship of Nigeria and Britian, it would be easier for him to abscond, especially since he did not come into the country with neither of his international passports.
“And the one you are calling Kanu, do you know he had two passports – one Nigerian, one British – and he came into the country without any? Do you know he brought equipment into this country and was broadcasting Radio Biafra? Which kind of government do you think should harbour that kind of person? There is a treasonable felony suit against him and I hope the court will listen to the case.”