‘N15bn, public apology, bail’ | Dasuki drags FG to court

Vexed by his more than six months of detention, the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, on Friday, filed a N15 billion lawsuit against the National Security Adviser (NSA), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Department of the State Security Service (DSS).

According to The Nation, Dasuki based his suit on the enforcement of his fundamental human rights as enshrined in Section 46 of the 1999 Constitution Dasuki.

The suit was filed before the federal high court in Abuja and is yet to be assigned to any judge.

Furthermore, the family of the embattled former NSA has pleaded for him to be released, citing his deteriorating health condition.

In the suit filed by Dasuki’s lawyer, he is seeking the following reliefs:

  • An order against the respondents jointly and/or severally for the enforcement of the applicant’s fundamental rights.
  • A declaration that the applicant is entitled to his rights to dignity of human person, personal liberty, fair hearing, freedom of movement, private and family life, and to acquire and own property as enshrined under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
  • A declaration that the arrest and continuous detention of the applicant since the 29th day of December 2015, in the 1st and 2nd respondents’ custody by officers and men of the respondents, without allowing the applicant access to his medical personnel, members of his family, and without charging the applicant to any court of competent jurisdiction within the time permitted by law, is wrongful, unlawful, unconstitutional and violation of the applicant’s rights as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
  • An order of this honourable court compelling the respondents to release the applicant forthwith (conditionally or unconditionally)
  • An order of this honourable court compelling the respondents jointly and/or severally to tender a public apology to the applicant, to be published in two (2) national daily newspapers, for the violation of the applicant’s right as enshrined under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
  • An order of this honourable court compelling the respondents jointly and/or severally to pay the applicant the sum of N15 billion only as general damages and compensation for his illegal detention and incarceration in violation of his rights enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,  1999 (as amended).
  • And such further order(s) as this honourable court may deem fit to make in the circumstances and in terms of the reliefs sought in the statement accompanying the affidavit in support of this application.

Speaking on Dasuki’s continued detention, a top source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said, “Going by the sensitive nature of the office he had occupied in the past, the suspect is being kept in safe custody for security reasons.”

“Also, the investigation into the arms deals and procurement contracts in the Armed Forces has not been concluded. Initially, it was $2.1 billion, but recent findings have confirmed that the alleged fraud was over $15 billion.”

“I can assure you that Dasuki is being detained in what I can describe as a home away from home. He is allowed access to his family, medication and his health is not under any threat whatsoever.”

 

 

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