The immediate National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, whose home was besieged by security agents allegedly because he is refusing to answer questions about a $2 billion arms deal, has denied ever receiving any invitation letter to appear before any such committee.

Family members had said Dasuki could not leave the country on Wednesday and Thursday for a medical checkup because of a tip-off that he would be arrested at the airport.

The Federal High Court last month released Dasuki on bail after he pleaded innocent to charges of money-laundering over $423,000 in cash seized from two homes and illegally possessing a weapons cache that State Security said could endanger the West African nation.

Dasuki was the National Security Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan and was called before a Senate committee last year to explain a South African seizure of $9.3 million in cash flown there on a private jet and a $5.7 million bank transfer that South Africa blocked, saying it involved an illegal arms deal. Dasuki told the Senate the deals were legitimate.

Dasuki said it was strange that a committee purported to be operating from the Office of the National Security Adviser could have transferred its mandates to DSS,  according to a statement by PRNigeria.

Dasuki was first arrested by the SSS in July after a prolonged siege on his Abuja residence. He was charged to court with illegal possession of arms and money laundering.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court last Tuesday granted Mr. Dasuki’s request for his passport to be released, to enable him receive treatment abroad.

His attempt to travel on Wednesday and Thursday for the medical treatment was thwarted by operative of secret service.


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