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SSS Operatives Storm Ex-NSA’s Residence, Seize Cars

Posted: Jul 17, 2015 at 12:41 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Celestine Amoke, Lagos

The operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) who reportedly besieged the Asokoro, Abuja, residence of former National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, on Thursday night, searched the house and seized cars.

It was gathered that Sambo initially refused them entry when they arrived his residence by 6 p.m. because they had no warrant, but allowed them inside at about 2 a.m. due to pressures from some of his close friends.

Our source said 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,” the source said, but the operatives were still at the compound as at 7 a.m.

President Muhammadu Buhari 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 might be paying back Sambo, a Sokoto prince and son of the deposed Sultan Dasuki.

The SSS operatives had maintained security at the perimeter around streets leading to Sambo’s residence and were holding him hostage.

Some journalists said they were not allowed into the perimeter.

Sambo’s associates who did not want their names in print said that he scheduled a holiday trip to the United States on Saturday, adding that the raid at the residence was to frustrate his travel plan which coincided with the President’s official visit to Washington DC.

Efforts to confirm the incident either from the SSS spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, or the President’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, on phone did not yield positive result. While Ogar did not pick her call, Shehu claimed he had not been briefed by the new SSS Director-General, Lawal Musa Daura.

Even the Presidency has kept mum over the issue, saying it was a security matter over which the DSS would issue a statement to explain developments.