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ECOWAS Court fixes date to rule on Dasuki's case

19 May 2016, 20:49

Abuja - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court will on June 29 rule n the challenge by former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, against his continued detention.

The trial has been adjourned to June 8 and 9 2016 at the instance of his lawyers.

On Thursday, the court heard how security details, including soldiers attached to Dasuki, had not been withdrawn by the federal government when his Asokoro residence in Abuja was searched over allegations of unlawful possession of arms barely 48 hours after he left office.

An operative of the Department of State Security Service (DSS), Williams Obiora, confirmed to the court that a retinue of security agents mainly soldiers was still in the house of the Ex-NSA guarding him when the DSS stormed the house in search of weapons.

“Efforts to serve him a search warrant were resisted by the soldiers as they claimed that they couldn't access him. So, we contacted our office which liaised with the military authority who advised the soldiers to allow us in because we were there legally,” said Obiora.

Also read: Hell will break loose if Dasuki, others are harmed, Fani-Kayode

He said eventually, they had access to the house where they found some weapons and money, although the operatives could not ascertain if he was involved in money laundering.

Dasuki’s lawyer, Roberts Emukperuo, however said the oral evidence given by the defence were mostly at variance with the documents filed before the court.

Dasuki had dragged Federal government before the regional court claiming that his fundamental right to freedom of liberty was being  trampled upon by his detention since December 2015 without trial.

The Ex-NSA prayed the ECOWAS court to order his immediate release and also a payment of N500 millions as compensation for his detention and seizure of property.

He is accused of misappropriating US$2 billion as funds meant to procure weapons for the military. 



- CAJ News


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