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Threat To Life: Court Fixes Friday, Nov 13, To Hear Dasuki’s Suit

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed Friday, November 13, to hear the suit on threat to life filed against the Federal Government by a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki.

Dasuki is seeking for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights to dignity and security of his life after having been placed under house arrest in the past one week by operatives of the Department of State Security Service (SSS).

Well-armed security operatives have been permanently stationed by his residence, closely monitoring in-and-out movements and occasionally checking boots of vehicles.

Though the case was filed on Monday, hearing notice indicating that the matter would be heard Friday has been issued to parties in the matter by the court.

The former NSA is asking the court for a mandatory order compelling the Federal Government and its agents especially operatives of the DSS to vacate his house located at 13, John Kadia Street, Asokoro with immediate effect.

In the suit by his counsel, Mr Ahmed Adeniyi Raji SAN, Dasuki pleaded with the court to stop the siege to his house and to remove all impediments, human and non-human barricade and bulwarks said to have hindered the permission granted him since November 3 to travel abroad for treatment.

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In a motion on notice filed pursuant to section 36(5) 37 and 41 of the 1999 constitution and sections 1(1) and (2) and 266 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, the ex NSA also sought for order of the court extending order of November 3 permitting treatment of his ailment abroad.

The motion on notice was premised on five grounds including the request to enforce the 3 week permission granted him by the court on November 3 to keep a re-rescheduled medical appointment with his physician abroad.

He claimed that the Federal Government acting through the operatives of the DSS and other security agencies have frustrated the court order by barricading his apartment since the permission was granted.

The ex NSA also requested the court to extend the order of Number 3 since it could not be implemented due to the action of the security agents.

Dasuki further asked the court to dispose with his appearance in court for the purpose of this application because of the alleged constant threats to his life from the security agencies.

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In a 13 paragraph affidavit in support of the motion, Dasuki claimed that following the order of November 3 permitting him to go abroad for medical attention, he immediately purchased his travel ticket and boarding pass issued to him to accomplish the trip, but was hemmed in by operatives of the SSS acting on behalf of the Federal Government which has prevented him from traveling out.

He argued that the siege to his house ought to be immediately removed and that as a result of the aggression of the Federal Government, his life has been under constant threat.

It will be recalled that the Federal Government had preferred criminal charges of unlawful possession of firearms and money laundering against Dasuki at the Federal High Court.

He denied the charges and was granted bail by Justice Adeniyi Ademola on November 3 granting him permission to travel abroad for medical check-up.

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