After a long while, Trial opened on Wednesday in the case involving a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, with an operative of the Department of State Security Service (DSS), as the first prospecting witness.
Samuel Ogbu, an operative of DSS said the defendant, Dasukigate, admitted keeping arms and ammunitions in his private residence.
Ogbu said although one needs a license from appropriate quarters to keep arms in the country, Dasuki failed to produce any license authorising him to keep the arms and ammunitions recovered from his house.
Dasuki is standing trial for unlawful possession of firearms and ammunitions, and money laundering before the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Ogbu, who is the first prosecution witness, told the court how the team he worked with interviewed Dasuki and obtained statement from him in the comfort of his home on July 17, 2015.
The witness, led in evidence by Dipo Okpeseyi (SAN), said a team of DSS investigators that searched the ex-NSA’s private home in Asokoro, Abuja, recovered five Tavor rifles, one Lugar rifle, one micro Uzi rifle, various categories of ammunitions and cash in both local and foreign currencies.
He said Dasuki admitted, in his written statement, that the arms and ammunition recovered in his house belong to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and were for the use of his security detail.
He said the ex-NSA promised that the items would be returned at the end of the day, but failed to say the day.