The Federal Government on Thursday explained why a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was still being held by the Department of State Services (DSS). It said Dasuki was being held on the ground of national security, his involvement in the over $2billion arms procurement scam and for his safety.
The Government said with the quantum of arms and ammunition recovered from Dasuki’s Abuja home, which he allegedly kept illegally, there was general apprehension that he possesses more, which the state was yet to discover. The government argued that the ex-NSA’s detention was justified based on the intelligence and security report at the disposal of the nation’s security agencies, saying national security supersedes individual’s security.
These formed the submission of the lawyer to the government, T. D. Kabiru, while arguing the defendant’s case in the suit filed by Dasuki, before the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Abuja, challenging his continued detention.