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14 Nov 2016

Lawyer calls on Buhari to release ex-NSA, Dasuki

Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana has called on President Buhari to release the ex-National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.

Falana also added that the government should obey the ruling of the ECOWAS court ordering the release of the former NSA.
He also asked the President to instruct security agencies not to violate the rights of people as they carry out their duties.
According to Punch, the lawyer told Buhari to put a stop to all human rights violations and also release all political detainees.
Falan 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 the payment of N15m damages to him as reparation for the infringement of his 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 to 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.”
Femi Falana also accused the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration of covering up corruption cases like former President Goodluck Jonathan's government.

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