The Federal Government on Wednesday explains why it has not immediately released former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, as ordered by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court.
In a telephone interview with Premium Times on Wednesday morning, the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Salihu Isah, said the government needed to fully understand the content of the court’s proceedings and judgement before reacting.
“We cannot just react. We will first of all study the judgement to understand its content before taking a stand.”
ECOWAS court on Tuesday declared ‘unlawful and arbitrary’ the arrest and continual detention of the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, and had ordered his immediate release.
Sambo Dasuki has been detained since last year for allegedly mismanaging billions of dollars meant for purchase of arms as well as for illegal possession of arms.
According to the ECOWAS court, his continual detention after he has been granted bail by a court of law amounts to a ‘mockery of democracy and the rule of law’.
The three-man panel led by Justice Friday Nwoke faulted the government of Nigeria for arresting Mr. Dasuki without a search warrant and made it clear that the pattern of his arrest contravenes the provisions of Section 28 of the Nigerian Police Act which states that 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.
It added that the manner of arrest and detention of Mr. Dasuki were contrary to Article Six of the African Charter on Human Rights and Article 9 (1) of the international order on civil and political rights.
The court finally ruled that the Federal Government pay a sum of N15 million as damages to Mr. Dasuki,it also added that the cost of litigation will be added up and charged against the Nigerian government.