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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Dasuki demands N500m from FG in Ecowas' court

The former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (retd) has demanded N500m from the Federal Government for his continued detention.
Dasuki demanded this when it dragged the Federal Government before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice.
The former NSA said he has been in detention since December 2015.
Through his consel, Robert Emukpoeruo, the former NSA is asking the ECOWAS Court to declare as unlawful, unconstitutional and breach of his fundamental right his arrest since last year without a lawful court order.
The applicant also prayed the court to declare as unlawful and violation of his right to dignity of human person, privacy and family life guaranteed and protected right under Section 34 and 37 of the Nigerian Constitution and Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Right and Article 12 of the Universal of Human Right, the action of the Federal Government of Nigeria for keeping him in a dehumanizing condition after he has been granted bail by courts of competent jurisdiction and after he had fulfilled bail conditions for his release.
He also asked the ECOWAS Court to declare that the invasion of his privacy, home, and correspondence at No 13, John Kadiya Street, Asokoro Abuja and Sultan Abubakar Road Sokoto and Sabon Birni Road Sokoto between July 16 and 17, 2015 and forceful and unlawful seizures of his properties without any lawful order or warrant of a court constituted a gross violation of his fundamental rights under Section 44 of the Nigerian Constitution and other relevant laws.
Dasuki who was rearrested by the operatives of the Department of the State Security Service (DSS) shortly after perfecting the third bail granted him by the Nigerian Court, is asking the ECOWAS Court to enforce his fundamental rights as enshrined in the African Carter on the people and human rights and the Nigerian Constitution.
However, at the hearing yesterday, the Federal Government through its counsel Mr. T. A. Gazalli objected to Dasuki’s case on the ground that he has already been charged to Nigerian Courts for various alleged offences.
The counsel argued that the ECOWAS Court has no jurisdiction to enforce the bail conditions granted Dasuki because it cannot sit as an appellate court to the Nigerian Courts.
He therefore urged the Court not to entertain the case.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Nwoke who had earlier granted expeditious hearing in the matter adjourned the case till April 11, 2016 for ruling on the jurisdiction of the court.

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