"My Answer Is I Don't Know Until I'm Released"; says Dasuki as Judge orders him into box

After he was ordered into the witness box by Justice Okon Abang today, the detained former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, told the Federal High Court, Abuja that he could no long remember the details of the N400m he gave to a former PDP Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in 2014.

Dasuki entered the witness box as Metuh’s eighth defence witness after Justice Okon Abang earlier dismissed the ex-NSA’s application seeking an adjournment pending the determination of his motion in relation to the subpoena issued on him pending before the Court of Appeal.

It is the first time Dasuki‎ would be physically asked questions relating to alleged diversion of funds for arms procurement into presidential campaigns of the then ruling PDP in 2015.

Dasuki, who has been in the custody of the DSS since December 2015, was produced in court by the agency’s operatives following an application by Metuh that the ex-NSA be summoned.

Led in evidence by Metuh’s lawyer‎, Mr. Emeka Etiaba (SAN), Dasuki said he could not remember the details of the payment of N400m, which is part of the subjects of the charges instituted against Metuh.

He said his incarceration for about two years had deprived him of access to documents that could help him to give any meaningful evidence.

When asked to give the details about the payment, Dasuki said, “That will be very difficult for me to give any details of the money paid to Chief Olisa Metuh and the second defendant (Destra Investment Limited) without reference to my records.

“Three years is a long time.”

Asked when he could have access to his records, Dasuki said, “I have stated earlier that I have been in custody for two years. As soon as authorities decide to obey the subsisting court orders...

“I have four bail court orders and an ECOWAS Court ruling. When they release me, I can go through the records. That is when I'll be able to give a timeline.

"As long as I am in detention, the answer is I don’t know.”