Less than a week after being sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari, former National Security Adviser Colonel Sambo Dasuki’s property in Abuja and Sokoto were searched by the country’s Department State Security Service (commonly referred to as SSS). Local media reports coming out of Nigeria quote the department as having said that the search was conducted as a preventive measure stating that credible intelligence linked the immediate past NSA with plans to commit “treasonable felony”.
Reports say that despite the SSS having obtained a search warrant, Sambo did not grant access to any personnel to his property. A standoff between security guards at his property in Abuja where he was at the time of the incident and SSS personnel ensued lasting close to half a day. Following an end to this impasse, SSS recovered several items from his property in Abuja. Reports coming from Abuja say that a number of assualt weapons and bullet proof vehicles were seized from his property.
President Buhari was elected to office earlier this year and was sworn in on 29 May. He was elected on several promises among which was to end impunity among public office bearers. Sambo is the highest ranking official to serve under the pat President to be targeted by state agents. Although Sambo is a non-serving military officer, at the time of the search, Col Sambo had military security guards at his premises in Abuja, a situation SSS pointed out as an anomaly.