- Dasuki Declines Govt’s Offer of Temporary Release to Bury His Dad
The federal government on Tuesday absolved itself of blame as to why the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), was not allowed to attend the burial of his father, the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki who died on Monday, saying that his son had vehemently rejected the offer for his temporary release.
However, it has emerged that Sambo Dasuki turned down the offer to avoid the ordeal of arriving Sokoto with a retinue of DSS operatives who would have been detailed to accompany him and take him back into custody.
Despite three court rulings ordering his release, Dasuki has been in the custody of the DSS for almost a year on allegations of corruption and that he constitutes a security threat.
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, yesterday explained that the former NSA had rejected the offer by the DSS to attend the funeral of his father.
Speaking with journalists shortly after paying a condolence visit to the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III in Sokoto, Dambuzau said the former NSA was given the opportunity to see his ailing father at a hospital in Abuja on Monday, but vehemently rejected the offer.
He also explained that the former NSA opted to pray for his late father while in detention.
However, lawyers to the Dasuki family confirmed that the former NSA had indeed rejected the offer because he considers his continued detention by the DSS as unlawful and did not want the temporary release offered by the DSS to attend his father’s burial with DSS operatives in tow.
The lawyers said that the late Sultan had tried to see his son as far back as January this year when he arrived Abuja from the United Kingdom, but was not allowed to see him.
“The former Sultan had arrived Abuja from London and sought permission to see his son, but the request was turned down.
“Even a Koran he had bought for his son could not be given to Sambo because he could not see him.
“Similarly, about a week ago, he was asked by the DSS if he would want to go and see his father who was lying critically ill and possibly slipping away at an Abuja hospital, but Sambo rejected the offer on the grounds that his father’s condition was critical and was in a state where communication was no longer possible, and therefore there was no reason to go to the hospital to see him.
“Sambo also maintained that he was not guilty of any of the charges brought against him by the federal government and there were three court rulings ordering that he should be released by the DSS but they had all been disobeyed.
“It was for this same reason, coupled with the fact that it would have been too painful for him to arrive Sokoto heavily guarded by DSS operatives, that informed the former NSA’s decision not to attend his father’s funeral today (yesterday),” said the lawyers.
Speaking on the former NSA’s absence at his father’s burial yesterday, Dambazau said: “As Minister of Interior, I discussed the issue with the Director General of DSS, Lawal Daura, on the need to allow the former NSA to see his father in the hospital Monday night, but when he was given the offer he rejected it.
“As the first son of the deceased, he was also offered the opportunity to attend his father’s funeral in Sokoto and even stay with his siblings and relatives throughout the mourning period but he refused.
“In fact, he opted to pray for his father while in detention. So, this is the true situation.”
He disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari mandated him and six other ministers to commiserate with the Sultanate Council and the people of Sokoto over the death of Sultan Dasuki.
Dambazau described the late Sultan Dasuki as a great man who left behind a good legacy.
“Sultan Dasuki has lived a good life and left a good legacy. We pray God to forgive his sins and grant him paradise,” Dambazau added.
The Chief of Staff to the President and leader of the federal government delegation, Abba Kyari, did not utter a word, but presented a letter of condolence to the Sultan of Sokoto.
Responding, the Sultan thanked them for the visit and prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased.
“We are grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for sending this delegation to condole us over the death of Sultan Dasuki.
“This is a great loss to us. He is our father and his time has come, so we pray to God to grant him eternal rest,” Sultan Abubakar said.
18th Sultan Buried
The remains of the 18th Sultan of Sokoto was buried around 3 p.m. at Hubbaren Shehu, the burial site of the Caliphate’s nobility.
The funeral prayer, which was led by Chief Imam, Malam Usman Bello Akwara, was held at the Sultan Bello Mosque, close to the Sultan’s Palace in Sokoto yesterday.
The prayer was attended by the Sultan of Sokoto, Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, the Emirs of Gwandu, Daura, Argungu, Anka, Moriki, Mafara, Bungudu and several emirs from northern Nigeria.
The governors of Kebbi, Kano, Bauchi and Katsina States were also in attendance.
The federal government delegation was represented by Kyari, Dambazau, Minister of Defence Mansur Dan-Ali, Minister of Federal Capital Territory Muhammad Bello, and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami.
Also at the mosque were the former NSA, Lt. Gen. Aliyu Gusau (rtd); former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Bafarawa; former Minister of Mines and Steel, Ahmed Gusau; former Minister of Transport, Yusuf Suleiman; and the president’s nephew, Mamman Daura, among others.
Buhari, Tambuwal Mourn
In his condolence message, Buhari expressed his heartfelt condolences to the Dasuki family and the government and people of Sokoto State on the death of the 18th Sultan of Sokoto.
Buhari, in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Garba Shehu, also commiserated with the Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI) and the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs over the demise of the remarkable traditional ruler who devoted his life and tenure of office to the promotion of peaceful coexistence and tolerance among diverse ethnic groups in Nigeria.
The president said he joined them in mourning the passing of one of Nigeria’s most powerful voices for peace and unity in diversity, who diligently kept faith with the virtues of the Sardauna whom he had served as a public servant.
Apart from modernising the traditional institution to bring it in tune with the changing times, Buhari said he believed that the late Ibrahim Dasuki, who died at the age of 93, would be long remembered for his role in the creation of the present local government system in the country.
The president also paid tribute to his contribution to national peace and development, particularly his significant role in producing the report that gave birth to the current local government councils.
Buhari prayed to Almighty Allah to comfort the family of the late Sultan, grant the deceased eternal rest and reward his good virtues with paradise.
Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal also described the late Dasuki as a pioneer reformist who deployed his wide knowledge of Islam and vast experience as a technocrat to have a profound impact on his family, community and the nation at large.
In a message of condolence by the governor’s media aide, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal said at every stage of his life, Dasuki gave his all to ensure communal harmony and the educational development of the citizenry.
“The history of local government reform in Nigeria will not be complete without the mention of the important role Dasuki and his colleagues played in giving the country the present structure we are enjoying at the third tier of government.
“For the eight years Dasuki spent on the throne as Sultan of Sokoto, he gave priority attention to the educational development of our people by promoting adult and women literacy in all parts of Sokoto.
“He equally paid attention to the revitalisation of religious education, especially among Imams of various mosques in the Caliphate.
“He dedicated time, energy and resources in promoting religious harmony especially between Muslims in the North and South-west of the country. So also were his efforts at promoting peaceful coexistence between and among various religious groups within the country and beyond,” the statement read.
Tambuwal prayed to Almighty Allah to grant Sultan Dasuki jannatul-firdaus, adding that the people would continue to cherish the deceased’s contributions to the development of the Caliphate and the state at large.
The governor also commiserated with Sultan Abubakar and late Sultan Dasuki’s family on the painful loss.
Oyo State Budgets N330M Monthly To Support Community Policing In LGAs
Oyo State Governor, Seye Makinde has said that the state has set aside a monthly budget of N330 million to be spent on security across the 33 local governments in the state.
The governor who disclosed this in Ibadan said each local government in the state is expected to spend N10 million to support the security of lives and property in their domain.
He said part of the measures was the instruction to local government chairmen to involve traditional rulers as well as other voluntary residents in policing their areas.
Each local government is to spend N10 million monthly on this security arrangement.
Makinde explained that the initiative amounts to spending N330 million in the 33 local government areas, besides other efforts the state government had put in place to tighten security.
“We said each local government should set up a security committee, which should include traditional rulers and voluntary people willing to police their areas.
“I encouraged them to budget N10 million to service the committee every month. For the entire state, that’s N330 million per month by all local governments, excluding what we are doing generally at the state level,” the governor told a group on a visit to him during the recent Muslim festival.
“On security, most of the data in the past months shows that things are now improving. The Igangan incident, some days ago, was only falsified by some people who were saying that Fulani herdsmen had invaded Igangan again. The truth is actually about the NCS and smugglers. They know each other.
“Customs officials were accused to have entered Igangan, which is not a border town. But we are working with Federal authorities and they have arrested most of them.
“The gun that was collected is still with us. I said I won’t release it until I get the attention of the Federal authorities.
“In the Constitution of Nigeria, Oyo State is a federating unit. We are not saying Federal agencies should not carry out their operations here. But they must tell us; they must inform us. They may not disclose the details of the operation to us, but we must know about it.
“If we had known about the operation, we would have pre-informed the security detail in the town and those who died could have been alive. The Amotekun Coordinator that died in Igboora would have still been alive today.
“How can you go operating in an unidentified vehicle in a town where the security tactics have been heightened? As they wanted to enter the town, they were confronted because we have heightened security in all of those places.
“So, we will keep appealing to them and to our people that false information won’t help anybody. Nobody will profit politically from the security issues we are faced with. It is our collective responsibility. The people will play their part and the government will play its own part,” Makinde said.
Security Operatives Arrest Sunday Igboho in Cotonou, Benin Republic
The security operatives in Cotonou, Benin Republic have arrested Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
An anonymous source privy to the arrest disclosed on Tuesday morning.
According to the source, Sunday Igboho was arrested in Cotonou while trying to travel to Germany from the West African nation.
President Buhari-led administration is now working with the Benin government to repatriate him to Nigeria.
The source said, “Sunday Igboho has been arrested in Cotonou. He was arrested about an hour ago.
“He was supposed to travel to Germany through Cotonou this night. He wanted to leave Africa through Cotonou. He was arrested by security operatives in Cotonou.
“They are planning to bring him back to Nigeria.”
It would be recalled that the Department of State Services had declared Igboho wanted after its operatives carried out a bloody midnight raid on his residence in the Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
DSS Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunnaya, had advised Igboho to turn himself in to the nearest security.
“Those cheering and eulogizing him may appeal to or advice him to do the needful,” Afunnaya said. “He should surrender himself to the appropriate authorities. He or anyone can never be above the law.”
Pelumi Olajengbesi, one of the lawyers representing Igboho and others arrested in his House, told SaharaReporters he had not confirmed the news of Igboho’s arrest in Cotonou.
“I will contact Yomi Aliu (SAN) to verify the news,” he said.
IOM Ethiopia Appeals for USD 40 Million to Assist Additional 1.6 Million People in Northern Ethiopia
Nearly two million people affected by the crisis in northern Ethiopia desperately need life-saving assistance, including water, medicine and shelter, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today as it issued an urgent appeal for USD 40 million to help internally displaced men, women and children, including newborn babies.
Since the outbreak of the conflict eight months ago in Ethiopia’s Tigray Regional State, millions of people are enduring unimaginable suffering, including forced displacement, hunger, death, and destruction of private and public property.
In Tigray, IOM has been providing support to more than half a million people, including displaced children, women, men, and vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and persons with disabilities. This includes shelter and provision of essential items such as food, water, clothing, medicine and supplies for babies, as well as sanitation and hygiene services.
IOM has also been supporting camp coordination and management efforts, providing mental health care to those in need, and producing Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reports to shed light on the evolving situation.
Nearly USD 70 million (USD 69.3M) is needed to respond to the needs of internally displaced populations in northern Ethiopia but only USD 28.7 million has been received this year. IOM needs an extra USD 40.6 million for the remainder of 2021 to be able to continue and further expand its response to help the displaced.
“The nearly two million people displaced by this crisis continue to live in inhumane and undignified conditions and require critical and urgent support,” said Maureen Achieng, IOM Chief of Mission to Ethiopia and Representative to the African Union and UNECA. “IOM Director General António Vitorino said it before, and we say it again: we must act without delay to meet the needs of people in the region.”
The situation in Tigray remains volatile. In partnership and coordination with other UN agencies, IOM is committed to delivering life-saving humanitarian assistance, to continue reaching people in need. IOM is planning to significantly scale up response programming and increase the deployment of senior IOM staff in the region despite the severe shortage of funding.
IOM’s response is aligned with the Inter-Cluster Coordination Group’s (ICCG) – a cooperative effort among sectors and the Humanitarian Country Team to improve the national response – Northern Ethiopia Response Plan, which estimates that 5.2 million people are in dire need in the worst-case scenario of this escalating humanitarian crisis.
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