Sunday, November 13, 2016

US arms ban: Release Dasuki, others - Falana tells Buhari

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to order the release of the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), for him to "enjoy his human right to liberty within the context of the bail granted him by the trial courts."
The former NSA has been held in custody without any backing of court order.
Dasuki is accused of embezzling about $2.1 billion meant to purchase arms to fight Boko Haram.
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, had granted him bail in December, but the Department of State Services refused to let him go.
In a statement on Sunday, Falana said that his release had become necessary in view of the ban by the United States of America on sale of arms to Nigeria over alleged continued violation of human rights under the Buhari Administration.
Falana said though, the basis for ban on sale of arms by the US could be queried, the President should stop the violation of people’s rights and also release all political detainees.
He said: “With respect to the substantive relief, the ECOWAS Court held that the detention of Col. Dasuki without a court order could not be justified under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.
“Consequently, the court ordered the  release of the applicant and payment of N15m  damages to him as reparation for the infringement of his human rights.
“In reporting the judgment of the ECOWAS Court  the media conveyed the impression that that the federal government has been ordered to release the plaintiff unconditionally from further detention.
“Contrary to such misleading impression  the ECOWAS Court has not discharged and acquitted Col. Dasuki in respect of the criminal charges pending against him in the Nigerian courts. All that the court said was that the suspect  be allowed to enjoy his human right to liberty within the context of the bail granted him by the trial courts.
“In particular,  the Federal Government was berated for treating the orders of its own courts with contempt.”

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