The Presidency has come out to criticise claims by former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki that he was not invited by the committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the purchase and supply of arms during his time in office.
A Presidency source who spoke anonymously to Punch on Thursday, November 19, 2015 availed that the Federsl Government had proof that Dasuki was properly invited in order to clear his name, explaining that his lawyers had acknowledged receipt of his summons.
The source had said: “Don’t forget that the DSS is on that committee probing those arms deals.
“He was invited by the DSS and he refused to honour the invitation despite that his lawyer acknowledged the document.
“Instead for Dasuki to honour the invitation, he remained indoors and was whipping up sentiment.
“If he is taken to any court without his statement, the case will automatically be thrown out.”
Another source in the DSS said: “Not all ex-service chiefs who will be invited, will be charged to court. Some will be witnesses. The fact that we are inviting them does not mean that they have been indicted.”
When reached for comments, the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said: “We won’t reply Dasuki. Investigation is still ongoing and it will not be appropriate for us to be replying him. What the panel submitted is just the preliminary report.”
A copy of the DSS letter signed on behalf of the DG of DSS by A.B Abdullahi, with reference number LSD.860/T which was obtained by Punch read: “The invitation becomes necessary to enable you to make some clarifications on matters under investigation by the Service”.
On his own part, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Thursday, November 19, 2015 said the Federal Government had not disobeyed the order of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which granted Dasuki permission to travel abroad for medical reasons.