Detained former National Security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki reportedly rejected the Federal Government’s offer to attend his father’s burial.
According to the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazaum who disclosed this to newsmen in Sokoto after Dasuki’s father’s burial said the federal government first offered to allow him to visit his sick father at the hospital some days ago but he declined, saying he preferred to remain in detention and pray for him.
“A second offer was also made to him Mondaynight to be taken to Sokoto to lead the mourning for his deceased, and he again turned down the offer,” Dambazau said.
Speaking after the burial at the Sultan Bello Mosque, Dambazau said he conferred with the DSS DG, Lawal Daura, on the need to allow Dasuki to visit his grieving family.
“Let me correct the impression that Col Sambo Dasuki was prevented from attending the burial rites of his father. We had discussed with the DG SSS and he was offered the opportunity to visit his late father on his hospital bed in Abuja. He declined, saying he preferred to remain where he was and pray for his sick father. He was also offered to be in Sokoto throughout the mourning period and also declined, preferring to pray for him. That was the true situation.”
According to a close source, Dasuki was said to have rejected the offer to attend his father’s burial because it was planned to humiliate him.
“They were going to chain him, put him in a security vehicle with several security vans and make him appear like a criminal to his people’ the source said.
” He asked them to allow him enjoy the bail that he was granted by the courts, instead of posturing that they were doing him a favour”