Dasuki opens up on purchase of sophisticated weapons


sambo_dasuki-637x336A few days after former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Vice Marshal Badeh, said major problem in the fight against insurgency was lack of equipment, the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), has said former President Goodluck Jonathan acquired sophisticated weapons for the military in the last year of his administration.
He also revealed that western powers frustrated Nigeria’s attempt to buy military weapons from them as well as sabotaged efforts to purchase from other sources.
In a release yesterday, he named some of the military equipment so acquired as Alpha jets, APCs, MRAP vehicles, advanced artillery pieces, assorted arms and ammunition, highly sophisticated surveillance drones and T72. He also said the government carried out modification of F7 supersonic jet fighters.
The former NSA said: “The armoured tanks have comprehensive NBC protection system, just as we deployed Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles that we bought and could withstand improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and ambushes. The vehicles had protected our troops from the land mine threats.
“We are glad that we also provided assorted Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) to transport troops to the battlefield. They are armed for self-defence and to provide protection from attacks from shrapnel and small arms fire.
“All these were acquired in the last one year after years of frustration by western powers who denied us of the equipment and sabotaged our efforts to acquire the same from other sources, which were reasons for some delay in delivery.”
Dasuki said some other arms already paid for by the previous administration were due to be delivered soon, saying: “It was unfortunate that some elements are frustrating the efforts as we even had to query some suppliers for delay in delivery of arms and ammunition.
“We utilised some of these equipment to recover more than 22 local governments under Boko Haram terrorists and ensured that (Abubakar) Shekau did not disrupt the 2015 election, as he had threatened. Not only did we ensure that the elections were peaceful, Shekau has never spoken to threaten anyone again since then.”
On the critics of past administration on security issues, Dasuki said: “In attempt to rubbish individuals for whatever reasons, political or otherwise, we should be careful not to rubbish sensitive institutions and their personnel that might still be in active service.
“It is unfortunate that some elements hide under the cover of anonymity in the media to rubbish some of the sacrifices we made. They should take the courage to come out publicly by identifying themselves with their baseless allegations. ”
Dasuki has been in the eye of the storm. About three weeks ago, operatives of the Directorate of State Service (DSS) invaded his Abuja and Sokoto homes. There was a standoff in the Abuja home, as the former NSA refused the security personnel entry into his compound. It took the intervention of the Chief of Army Staff, to get the soldiers guarding to allow the DSS personnel entry. The DSS had searched the house for many hours.
Also, a similar scenario played out in Sokoto, in the home owned by the former NSA’s father, Ibrahim Dasuki, a former Sultan of Sokoto, where some other DSS operatives also visited. The operatives, who visited the Dasukis’ Sokoto home were said to have searched the property, including a large container that had been in the compound for many years. They locked in all occupants of the house and did not allow anyone in or out of the building.
The DSS later addressed newsmen alleging that Dasuki’s homes were searched following intelligence report that he was involved in treasonable felony. The security agency stated that 12 rifles, some military gears and armoured cars were recovered from Dasuki’s homes. The international passport of the former NSA was seized, but he was not arrested. -The Sun


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