Dasuki Drags FG to ECOWAS Court, Seeks N500 Million Damages

Nigeria’s Ex-National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has filed a suit against the federal government before the ECOWAS court in Abuja over his continued detention.

In the suit filed by his lawyer, Robert Emukpoeruo, Dasuki wants the court to declare among other things that his continued detention after having been granted bail by three different courts and met the conditions for his release, was “unlawful, arbitrary and an egregious violation” of his human rights.

According to a report by Daily Sun, the former NSA is demanding that the sum of N500 million damages be paid for alleged rights infringement.

Also, the former NSA wants the sub-regional court to declare that the alleged invasion of his privacy, home and correspondence at his Abuja and Sokoto residences on July 16 and 17, 2015, 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.

Dasuki is also urging the ECOWAS court to order his release forthwith.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday ordered the federal government to produce Dasuki by February 16, the next adjournment date. Justice Ademola Adeniyi in his order said the court has not excused his absence and that Dasuki must be physically present to face the criminal charges against him.

Dasuki was arrested in November 2015 for allegedly diverting the $2.1 billion for weapons procurement in the fight against Boko Haram.


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