Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Why Nigerians shouldn’t frustrate Dasuki’s investigation — Ikponmwen
Onwuka Nzeshi and Johnchuks Onuanyim
We won’t comment on security matters — APC spokesman
A former Director, Legal Services of the Nigeria Army, Brigadier General Idada Don Ikponmwen, yesterday threw his weight behind the ongoing investigation into allegations of treasonable felony leveled against the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) . He urged Nigerians not to frustrate the current efforts by the Federal Government to fight corruption and impunity in the country.
Ikponmwen, a onetime Provost Marshal of the Nigeria Army, said while he had nothing personal against the embattled former NSA, he would want the Federal Government to investigate Dasuki thoroughly, given the weight of the allegations against him and the need to establish the truth about his roles in the counter- terrorism war in the last six years.
He expressed dismay at the protests in some quarters since the DSS raided the Abuja and Sokoto homes of Dasuki and argued that the search conducted on these residences were in order as long as the security officials who went on the operation were armed with search warrants obtained from a court of law.
“I believe that Nigerians should support anything that would unearth any wrong that had been done. There is a procedure and the Department of State Services(DSS) told us that they got a search warrant from a court of law.
Once you have a search warrant, you can go anywhere and search . If you don’t spring surprises, how can you get anything from your investigations? “Where are we going in this country? When the President doesn’t act, they quarrel; when he acts, they raise issues. When would we stop creating obstacles on the path of good governance? I support any move that would bring out the truth and a new move to stop us from going down the road to perdition which corruption has put us.
Even if President Buhari does nothing else but only to fight corruption convincingly and successfully, this country would be on its way to re- inventing itself in the comity of nations. Corruption has been a major problem of this country not only in the immediate past regime but over the years. We have to start from somewhere and in so far as President Buhari is a man known to have zero tolerance for corruption, Nigerians must be happy when he moves against corruption,” he said.
Ikponmwen said that if the preliminary findings of the investigations are anything to go by, Dasuki should be made to explain what the armoured vehicles, lethal weapons and other items found in his home were meant for even after he had relinquished his position as the NSA.
Meanwhile, the ruling party, All Progressives Congress ( APC) yesterday declined comments on the Dasuki saga and the allegations of treasonable felony against him. National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, told New Telegraph yesterday that the APC would not comment on the charges against the former National Security Adviser, Col. Dasuki Sambo because it was purely a security issue.