Former National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Col. Sambo Dasuki has criticised the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari over his prolonged detention.
Dasuki, who entered the Witness Box to testify in the trial of former Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh on the orders of the court on Wednesday, took a dig at President Buhari for disobeying court orders for his release.
Led in evidence by Metuh’s counsel Emeka Etiaba (SAN), Dasuki, who introduced himself as a pensioner, said he is before the Abuja Federal High in compliance with the order of Justice Okon Abang.
He then proceeded to say, “I am here to answer to a court subpoena even though I have not benefitted from others respecting court rulings.”
When Etiaba prodded him to respond to the transfer of the sum of N400m allegedly by his office as the NSA to Metuh’s company, Destra Investments Ltd, Dasuki said he cannot recollect except he is granted access to his records and documents.
“It will be difficult for me to give any details on monies to Olisa Metuh and the 2nd defendant without consulting my records. Three years is a long time even for as that believe we are young.”
“I have been in custody. As soon as the authorities decide to obey subsisting orders of court, I can testify.
“I have four bail orders and one ECOWAS Court ruling. When they decide to obey and I will go through my documents.
“Hopefully by the time we get to Supreme Court those in charge will obey,” he added.
At this point Metuh’s lawyers, Etiaba and Tochukwu Onwugbufor (SAN) requested the court for an adjournment to enable Dasuki have access to his records.
They submitted separately that administrative procedure be adopted to ensure Dasuki accesses his records.
But EFCC counsel, Sylvanus Tahir objected to the adjournment on the ground that the defence lawyers have made no effort to “size up the witness” or confront him with fact of the case being the electronic mandate prepared by the Director of Finance and Accounts of the ONSA transferring the sum of N400m to Metuh’s company.
He asked the court not to adjourn but close the evidence of the defence team and allow the prosecution to cross examine the witness.