President Muhammadu Buhari is reported to have directed relevant
authorities to recover funds said to have been misappropriated by
a former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki(rtd),
and set him free.
This revelation is coming that a time when a Professor of
International Studies and author of Buhari’s biography,
‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria’ had
stated that there was no rift between the President and Dasuki,
pointing out that they are in-laws .
The Department of State Services, DSS, had in December arrested
Dasuki for allegedly misappropriating $15 billion of funds meant
for purchase of arms for troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists in
the North East.
Dasuki has been in detention since his arrest despite been granted
bail by several Nigerian courts and recently the ECOWAS regional
court, which ruled that he be released.
Disclosing this yesterday in Abuja, an aide to Buhari assured that
the former NSA will be released once the misappropriated funds
under his watch is returned, Vanguard reports
The aide said, “I can tell you that the President is not comfortable
with the continued detention of Dasuki despite the offences he
allegedly committed against Nigeria and its people.
“The only condition Mr. President has asked Dasuki to fulfil is to
refund the huge sum of public funds which were allegedly diverted
under his watch as the NSA.
“And I want to tell you that we have the approval of Mr. President
to release him (Dasuki) from detention as soon as he brings the
money,” the official said.