The Court of the Economic Community of West African
States, ECOWAS, on Tuesday declared the arrest and
detention of former National Security Adviser, Sambo
Dasuki, as unlawful and arbitrary.
The court also held that the further arrest of Mr. Dasuki by
government on November 4, after he was granted bail by a
court of law, amounts to a mockery of democracy and the
rule of law.
Dasuki is facing multiple trials for alleged diversion of $2.1
billion meant for the purchase of arms in the immediate
He is also accused of illegal possession of fire arms.
He approached the ECOWAS court after he was rearrested
by members of Nigeria’s State Security Service shortly after
meeting his bail conditions in November last year.
He has remained in the custody of the SSS since his arrest.
On Tuesday, a three-member panel led by Justice Friday
Nwoke said Nigeria’s government was wrong in arresting
Mr. Dasuki without a search warrant, adding that the
pattern of arrest negates the provisions of Section 28 of the
Nigerian Police Act.
According to the said section, a superior police officer may
authorise the search of a resident belonging to a suspect
assumed to be in illegal possession of an item, if the officer
so authorised has a search warrant.
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