The Federal Government will comply with the ECOWAS Court order to release former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd) from detention, Nigeria’s chief law officer told Daily Trust yesterday.
The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister for justice, Abubakar Malami SAN disclosed this on the sideline of the meeting of Attorneys General at the Transcorp Hotel, Abuja.
“… But one thing I can assure you is that we will comply with the order and the necessary provisions of the law as applicable, so we study it in line with the provisions of the prevailing law in the country,” he said.
The ECOWAS Court last Tuesday in Abuja ordered for Dasuki’s release and also awarded a fine of N15m against the government for illegal detention of the former NSA.
Justice Chijioke Nwoke who delivered the judgement said that even if the applicant had committed a crime, the law still has it that due process of the law must be observed in his trial adding that it is an established fact that the applicant was put on trial in three different Nigerian High Courts and was granted bails by the courts.
The court condemned the action of the Nigerian government in subjecting the ex-NSA to indefinite detention without trial.
The ECOWAS Court doesn’t have the instruments to enforce its judgments like other municipal courts in Nigeria, a constitutional lawyer and professor of law, Auwalu Yadudu, has said.
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