Political prisoner and former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, told the Federal High Court Abuja on Wednesday that he could no longer remember the details of the N400m which he allegedly gave to a former National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in 2014.
Dasuki stated this in 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 in relation to the subpoena issued on him pending before the Court of Appeal.
Dasuki, who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services,DSS, since December 2015, was finally produced by the DSS on Wednesday following Metuh’s application that the ex-NSA be summoned.
But while led in evidence by Metu’s lawyer, the ex-NSA said he could not remember the details of the payment of N400m.
According to Dasuki, his long incarceration for about two years had denied him of access to documents that could help him to give any useful evidence.
When asked about details of 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.”
On when he thinks he could have access to his records, he added, “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 will be able to give a timeline.
“As long as I am in detention, the answer is I don’t know.”
Following the refusal by the Buhari administration to release Dasuki, despite several court orders to that effect, he has gained the status of a political prisoner.
Detention for about two years without trial could only be possible in a fascist regime.