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FG urged to respect ECOWAS order to release Dasuki

06 October 2016, 19:30

Abuja - A legal expert has advised the federal government to comply with the judgment of the Economic Community of West African States.

(ECOWAS) Court of Justice and release former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki, from detention.

The regional court on Tuesday ruled against the continued detention of the chief suspect in the alleged theft of funds (over US$2 billion) meant to procure weapons for the military.

It ordered Dasuki be compensated to the tune of N15 million for the violation of his rights.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Alhaji Ahmed Raji, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to facilitate immediate compliance with the ECOWAS court ruling.

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“I am also appealing to the Presidential aides especially the Chief Law Officer of the Federation, Mallam Abubakar Malami, and the heads of the intelligence units to advise the President properly,” Raji said in Abuja.

“The order of the court cannot be ridiculed and Nigeria, as a democratic nation, cannot afford to ridicule the court order in the interest of the corporate image of the country.”

Dasuki remains in detention despite the court’s ruling.

Attorney General/ Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said the government needed to study the judgment before making a decision.

Government has defied previous orders by the local courts to free Dasuki, who was arrested in December. 



- CAJ News


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