The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday heard that the weapons found in the residence of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, a retired Colonel, belonged to the Office of the National Security Adviser.
Dasuki is being tried for illegal possession of firearms.
The weapons were said to have been retired by Dasuki’s security details about 48 hours after he was relieved of his duties by President Muhammadu Buhari.
This information was contained in the ex-security chief’s statement made during his interrogation by men of the Department of State Security, DSS. The statement was admitted as exhibit by Justice Adeniyi Ademola.
A prosecution witness, Samuel Ogwu, who read the statement, confirmed it was made by Dasuki during his questioning after leaving office. He added that the ex-NSA in the statement said the weapons were to be returned to the ONSA by the end of the day when his house was searched.
The witness said the weapons, which he referred to as very sophisticated, were not issued by the DSS but was quick to add that he was not aware if any of the security agencies coordinated by the ONSA, including the military, made the issuance.
Ogwu also revealed that DSS questioned Dasuki due to the calibre of the weapons, which he said could not be imported by individuals. He gave examples of the weapons to include Tavor Assault Rifles and said they were imported by the Federal Government as part of efforts to equip the military against Boko Haram insurgency.