A Lagos based lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana has counselled the Federal Government to adhere to court orders and free the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, and the Biafran activist, Nnamdi Kanu without further delay.
Falana reminded the president of his pledge to abide by the rule of law when he won the election in April 2015 and noted that his refusal to release the two men was an obvious violation of the rule of law which he swore to abide by. In a statement published by Sahara Reporters which was credited to Mr. Falana, he said:
“Upon winning the election, President Buhari further pledged to abide by the Rule of Law, to that extent, he has a duty to ensure that all organs and officials of the Government operate within the ambit of the law.”
Mr. Dasuki who is a retired colonel, is charged with mismanaging $2.1 billion released to beef up the military in order to fight the Boko Haram jihadist group that has wrecked a lot of havoc in the country.
Concerning Dasuki’s detention, Falana opined that not withstanding the gross mismanagement of funds for which he is being tried, the fact that two different courts granted him bail and the government is yet to appeal the bail rulings, means he should be freed.
Furthermore, Mr. Falana said:
“The decision of the DSS to ignore the order admitting Col. Dasuki to bail coupled with the failure to re-arraign him on fresh charges is tantamount to impunity in every material respect”. If the federal government were aggrieved by the order admitting Col. Dasuki to bail, it should have challenged it in the Court of Appeal. Much as the Nigerian people are fully behind the Buhari administration in the patriotic move to recover the looted wealth of the nation, the federal government should be advised to ensure that the procedure for the loot recovery meets the tenets of the rule of law.”
Speaking about Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, the Biafra activist, Mr. Falana said:
“The order admitting the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, to bail should also be complied with. If the federal government has other charges against both suspects (Messrs. Kanu and Dasuki) it should file them in the court. There is no provision for keeping criminal suspects at the pleasure of security officials. Meanwhile, all valid and subsisting orders made by courts in favor of criminal suspects should be obeyed without further delay.
“Even though all well-meaning Nigerians support and appreciate the fact that the federal government is working with a burning zeal to ensure that corruption has no hiding place in the country, it is of maximum importance that whatever needs to be done, should be done within the legal covering of the law.”