Abuja - Following his breakthrough at the
Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) Court, former National
Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Muhammed Sambo Dasuki, is demanding N500 million
in compensatory damages from government.
Dasuki has been successful at the court in the first leg of
his court action challenging his alleged unlawful arrest and detention without
trial since December last year by the federal government.
Against the objection of government, the international court
in Abuja today ruled that it has jurisdiction to entertain the suit brought
before it by Dasuki for the enforcement of his fundamental rights to liberty
and to own property as enshrined in the provisions of the Nigerian 1999
constitution and African Charter on fundamental rights of persons.
Nigeria, through its lawyer, Tijani Gazali, had objected to
Dasuki’s case on the ground that ECOWAS court had no jurisdiction to interfere
into the trial of any Nigerian in a Nigerian court.
Gazali had asked the ECOWAS court to strike out Dasuki’s
case as it constituted an abuse to the Nigerian courts.
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In the ruling delivered by Justice Friday Chijoke Nwoke, the
ECOWAS court dismissed the objection of the government against Dusuki suit on
the ground that the objection was misconceived, frivolous and lacked merit.
The Justices in their opinion held that the claim of
government that Dasuki ought to have filed contempt charge against the Nigerian
government for disobeying court orders that admitted him to bail but flouted by
the defendant could be sustained because the case of applicant was not
“In that, it has no root from any criminal trial in any
court,” Nwoke said.
Dasuki has subsequently asked the ECOWAS court to award N500
million compensatory damages in his favour having been denied access to medical
attention in abroad as ordered by a Nigerian court since November last year.
He is facing a probe in Nigeria after allegations he
misappropriated US$2 billion meant for securing arms for uniformed forces.
Government has defied court orders to release him on bail.
- CAJ News