The Sultan, who was deposed by late General
Sani Abacha’s government in 1996, was the
father of the immediate past National Security
Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki who is detained by
President Muhammad Buhari’s government.
The retired colonel has been in detention since
2015 over allegations of diverting funds meant
for arms purchases into the presidential re-
election bid of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
Sultan Dasuki succeeded late Sultan Abubakar
III. He was the first Sultan to emerge from the
Buhari house of Usman Danfodio royalty of the
When he was deposed, Sultan Dasuki was
succeeded by the late Muhammad Machido,
son of Sultan Abubakar III. Machido, however,
died in a plane crash in 2006, and his younger
brother, Sa’ad Muhammad ascended the
Dasuki was born on December 31, 1923. He is
married with many wives, children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His last public statement was in London in July
2015, following a search of his home in Sokoto
by the State Security Service after they arrested
Speaking to the BBC, he expressed surprised
the SSS had invaded his home just because the
government had an allegation against his son.
He said he didn’t know how they got access to
the house, adding he heard about the matter
for the first time but later called and was
briefed on the development.
“Yes it is against my son, but I am different from
him. My house is different from his house. If the
government has anything against him, let them
check his house in Abuja and not my own
Former military administrator Yakubu Muazu
removed the late Dasuki from the throne.
Muazu had summoned the Emir to the
Government House for an “Emergency Meeting”
as the Emir left his palace in Sokoto, Mobile
Policemen took over his Palace while his aides
were temporarily detained at a Govt House.
The deposed Emir was transported first to Yola
and later to Zing in Taraba state where he
commenced a life in exile.
The Abacha government accused his a variety
of infractions, which included allegations that he
was traveling outside of Nigeria without official permission, meeting foreign dignitaries and
interference in political events.
A source told SaharaReporters that the
detained former NSA was temporarily released
two weeks ago to visit his ailing father, but he
stoutly refused to accept any temporary release
to visit his father saying he would not accept
any short of unconditional release as ordered
by the ECOWAS court.
Mamman Daura, an influential member of
President Buhari’s kitchen cabinet, is married to
the late Sultan’s daughter and had tried
prevailing on the younger Dasuki to accept the
deal but he declined.
The former Sultan will be buried later today
according to Muslim rites.