Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on Tuesday described the arrest of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, by the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja, as continuation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime of vengeance.
According to Fayose, the flagrant disobedience by the DSS of a court order permitting Dasuki to travel abroad for medical treatment, is the height of dictatorship.
Operatives of the DSS yesterday, after days of laying siege to the former NSA’s Abuja residence, ordered him out and reportedly drove him away under tight security cover to its headquarters in Abuja.
The Ekiti governor, who noted that he had nothing personal against the anti-corruption crusade of the Buhari administration, however, maintained that it must be done within the ambit of the law and not used to seek vengeance against perceived political foes.
Fayose also threw his weight behind Mr. Dasuki’s demand for an open trial as against the federal government’s demand for a secret trial.
In a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Mr. Fayose said “after flagrantly disobeying court orders, whatever that is done or said by the Buhari-led government concerning Sambo Dasuki will appear vindictive and it remains to be seen how a government that refused to obey the court will now charge Dasuki to the same court”.
Fayose also called for caution on the information being fed to the public by the federal government on its anti-corruption crusade, saying trying people in the media as being done by the current administration, portends grave dangers to democracy and rule of law.
“Again, is it the duty of the DSS to investigate fraud? If Dasuki committed fraud as being alleged, why not let the appropriate government agency handle his matter? Why first torturing him emotionally with the DSS siege on his house?
“My position is that, since the federal government said report of its panel indicted Dasuki, why arresting and detaining him? Why not charge him to court so that he can also accept guilt or defend himself?” Gov. Fayose queried.