Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (retd), has dragged the Federal Government before ECOWAS Court in Abuja over his continued detention.
He is also demanding payment of N500 million damages for alleged rights infringement. Dasuki is also urging ECOWAS Court to order his release forthwith.
In the suit filed by his lawyer, Robert Emukpoeruo, the former NSA is urging the court to declare among others, that his continued detention under a “de- humanizing condition”, was “unlawful, arbitrary and an egregious violation” of his human rights, after he had been granted bail by three courts and met the conditions for his release.
The former NSA also want the regional court to declare that the alleged invasion of his privacy, home and correspondence at his Abuja and Sokoto residences on July 16 and 17, 2015 and the “forceful and unlawful seizure” of his properties, “without any lawful order or warrant” constituted a gross violation of his fundamental rights and offended the country’s treaty obligations as a signatory to the listed legal instruments.
Dasuki is at the center of a massive money laundering investigation and is alleged to have supervising of the looting of $2.1 billion in funds which were meant for the procurement of arms for Nigeria’s military.
He was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on December 1, 2015 and handed to the EFCC the day after.