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Ecowas Court orders Dasuki’s release, fines FG N15m [updated]

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The ECOWAS Court has fixed 4th October to deliver judgment in the suit filed by Retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, NSA to a former Nigerian President Jonathan

The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has ordered the release of former National Security Adviser [NSA], Colonel Sambo Mohammad Dasuki [retd] with immediate effect.

The court also imposed a N15 million fine on the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Read also: Ecowas Court fixes 4th October for judgement in Dasuki’s case

Colonel Dasuki approached the ECOWAS Court while seeking to enforce his fundamental human rights.

The court, presided over by Justice Friday Nwoke, ruled that the search on Dasuki’s house without a search warrant was unlawful.

It also ruled that the former NSA’s continued detention without trial is also unlawful since he has met the bail condition granted by the three courts before which he was arraigned.

For this the government was ordered to pay a sum of 15 million naira as damages to Dasuki.

On the claims by the federal government that there were plans to destabilise the government, the court held that it was an arbitrary claim which is not a reasonable ground to detain him indefinitely since November 2015.

The court also said that the applicant, like any other ECOWAS citizen, has a right to own and enjoy property without interference.

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