Abuja- The Court of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, has declared the arrest and detention of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, as unlawful and arbitrary, Premium Times reports.
The court also held that the further arrest of Dasuki by the federal government on November 4, after he was granted bail by a court of law, amounts to a mockery of democracy and the rule of law.
Dasuki is facing multiple trials for alleged diversion of $2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms in the immediate past administration.
He is also accused of illegal possession of fire arms.
He approached the ECOWAS court after he was rearrested by members of Nigeria’s State Security Service shortly after meeting his bail conditions in November last year.
He has remained in the custody of the SSS since his arrest.
On Tuesday, a three-member panel led by Justice Friday Nwoke said Nigeria’s government was wrong in arresting Dasuki without a search warrant, adding that the pattern of arrest negates the provisions of Section 28 of the Nigerian Police Act.
According to the said section, a superior police officer may authorise the search of a resident belonging to a suspect assumed to be in illegal possession of an item, if the officer so authorised has a search warrant.
This verdict is coming few days after an Abuja High Court adjourned the fraud trial of the former National Security Advise to October 21 after the Federal Government failed to produce him before court according to News24.
The reasons for the failure could not be ascertained but at the resumed trial, counsel to the Federal Government, Rotimi Jacob, informed the judge Justice Peter Affen he was “surprised” that Dasuki, who was the second defendant in the money laundering and breach of trust charges was not brought to court.
Others who are being prosecuted along with Dasuki with respect to charges of diversion of funds include a former Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu, a former Finance Minister of State, Bashir Yuguda, a former Sokoto Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, the ex-governor’s son, Sagir Attahiru, and a firm, Dalhatu Investment.
- News 24