Thursday, January 21, 2016

Dasuki drags FG to ECOWAS court, demands N500m damages


 Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (retd), has dragged the FG before ECOWAS Court in Abuja over his continued detention. He is also demanding payment of N500m damages for 
alleged rights infringement.

He is also urging the sub-regional court to order his release forthwith. In the suit filed by his lawyer, Robert Emukpoeruo, Dasuki is urging the court to declare among others, that his continued detention in defiance of orders for his bail granted by 3 courts, and after fulfilling the bail conditions, was unlawful, arbitrary and an egregious violation of his human rights.
He also urged the ECOWAS Court to hold that it was, “a most egregious violation of the treaty obligations” signed by Nigeria under and by virtue of its being a signatory to legal instruments, to have unlawfully detained him under a de-humanizing condition after he had been granted bail and met the conditions for his release.
Similarly, he would want the court to declare that the alleged invasion of his privacy, home and correspondence at his Abuja and Sokoto residences and the forceful and unlawful seizure of his properties, without any lawful order or warrant constituted a gross violation of his fundamental rights and offended the country’s treaty obligations as a signatory to the listed legal instruments.
No date has been set for hearing of the suit. In a related development, Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja yesterday ordered the Federal government to produce him in court on February 16th. Dasuki's lawyer, Joseph Daudu (SAN), told the court that his client was abducted by security agents six weeks ago to an unknown destination. He told Justice Ademola that since the ex-NSA was whisked away, all efforts by his family and his lawyers to access him had been scuttled. Justice Ademola said: 
“I am worried that the accused is not here. I do not want to set a bad precedent. Except the court gives express order for the defendant not to be in court, the accused must be brought to court from wherever he is. The accused must be here because I am not sure if what I am doing right now in the absence of the accused is not an illegality. Government and whoever is concerned must endeavour to do the necessary thing. The accused having been formally charged in court, must be produced in court for trial on the appointed days in compliance with the provisions of the law,”

Dasuki’s trial has been fixed for February 16 and 17 before Justice Ademola

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