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ECOWAS Court fines Nigeria, orders Dasuki release

05 October 2016, 06:34Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS) Court has imposed a fine of N15 000 000 against Nigeria as compensation for former National Security Adviser, Colonel Muhammadu Sambo Dasuki, whose release it has ordered.

The regional court held that the detention of Dasuki violated both national and international laws on the right of persons and citizens to freedom of liberty.

In a judgment that lasted over one hour, the regional court dismissed the allegations of unlawful possession of firearms and economic crimes allegedly committed by Dasuki adding that the Nigeria government missed the track because the applicant applied before the court for the enforcement of his breached and contravention of fundamental right.

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Nwoke ruled even if the applicant had committed a crime the law still had it that due process of the law must be observed in his trial adding that it is an established fact that the applicant was put on trial in three different Nigeria High Courts and was granted bails by the courts.

Dasuki has been in detention since December following his arrest by the Department of State Services.

He is the chief suspect in the arms deal where over US$2 billion in funds meant for the procurement of weapons for the military was stolen.

Dasuki is pleading innocence arguing the charges are trumped up. 

- CAJ News


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