- Federal government revealed some prohibited items allegedly recovered from Dasuki’s residence
- The items were reportedly recovered by operatives of the DSS in July 2015
- The recovered items, however, are yet to be tendered as exhibits
The federal government on Tuesday, May 22, revealed to the Federal High Court in Abuja, 11 posh cars and some prohibited arms allegedly recovered from the Abuja residence of the detained former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
The federal government said that the items were recovered during a search operation by the Department of State Service (DSS) in July 2015, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the items were revealed through the federal government’s first prosecution witness, William Obiora, an operative with the DSS who was said to be part of the search operation that took place between July 16 and 17, 2015.
The prosecution said some of the firearms were owned by the federal government and belonged to the prohibited class of arms but were allegedly stolen by Dasuki while he was the NSA.
Recall that Dasuki has been in the detention of the DSS for undisclosed offences since December 2015.
Obiora, who testified behind a shield with his face masked, was led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Dipo Okpeseyi.
The prosecution through the witness on Tuesday, May 22, tendered the search warrant executed on Dasuki’s residence at 13, John Khadiya street, Asokoro, Abuja.
Listed on the search warrant were 29 items allegedly recovered from the house in an operation which the witness said Dasuki personally witnessed.
Many of the items particularly the firearms were during the Tuesday’s proceedings identified by the witness but yet to be tendered as exhibits.
Part of the arms allegedly recovered from Dasuki were five Tavor X95 Assault Rifles, Macro Uzi rifle with serial number 60244; and Luger gun with number 033373.
The items also included small magazine containing16 rounds of 9mm ammunition and a bigger magazine containing 23 life rounds of 9mm ammunition and 36 rounds of live ammunition.
He said one macro uzi with serial number 60244 and magazine with 16 rounds of live 9mm ammunition were recovered from a Range Rover car with registration number ABUJA – RBC 517 JN parked on the premises.
NAIJ.com previously reported that the Supreme Court held that the detention of Dasuki was not at the instance of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) that put him on trial.
Dasuki was told by the apex court that the bail granted him had been obeyed after being implemented by the controller of prison, Kuje, on December 29, 2015.
In challenging his continued detention, Dasuki had filed an appeal, praying for suspension of his trial pending the time the bail orders were obeyed by the government, which Justice Ajembi Eko ruled against.
Justice Eko said that the EFCC cannot be held responsible for the continued detention of the ex-NSA since the detention was carried out by the DSS.
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