Colonel Nicholas Ashinze, the former Military Assistant to former National Security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) is yet to be released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Military Authority.
He was arrested on December 23, 2015, in connection to the $2.1 billion arms deal saga involving Dasuki, his former boss.
According to PRNigeria, 10 days after the court order was made, Colonel Ashinze is still being held in an undisclosed location by the two authorities in spite of the high court order of March 14, 2016 that directed his release.
Justice Yusuf Haliru of an Abuja High Court, sitting in Jabi, had on March 14, 2016 ordered EFCC, and the Nigerian Army (NA), to release the serving Colonel Nicholas Ashinze who served as Military Assistant to former NSAs, Sambo Dasuki and Patrick Azazi.
Justice Haliru had stated that his detention for over three months without trial, was “illegal, wrongful, unlawful and constituted a blatant violation of the fundamental rights of the applicant.”
He had also declared that the respondents must comply with the court order and effect the release of the applicant.