- A lawyer to the detained former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki has said it is in the interest of Nigeria for the federal government to obey rulings by the ECOWAS court of justice today
- The lawyer said there are judicial repercussions to the disobedience of the orders given by the regional court
On Tuesday, October 4, the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) Court of Justice ruled that the long detained former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki be released unconditionally.
In his ruling Justice Chijoke Nwoke who led a three-man panel of judges accused the Nigerian government of acting against local and international laws, especially Article 5 and 6 of the African Charter on People’s and Persons’ Rights to freedom of liberty.
Justice Nwoke also slammed a fine of N15 million on the Nigerian government for unlawfully detaining Dasuki and searching his houses in Sokoto and Abuja.
However, speaking exclusively to NAIJ.com on today's ruling, Dasuki's lawyer Ahmed Raji, a senior advocate of Nigeria said it is very important for Nigeria as a country if the federal government obeys the regional court's ruling.
Raji said although it is unfortunate that various court orders have been disobeyed on the same issue, the Nigerian government cannot be seen flouting ECOWAS order.
"This is not a domestic court it is an international court, and while you can treat orders from your domestic court anyhow, maybe subject to internal issues or its like; you cannot behave or treat an international court anyhow without repercussion," Raji said.
He further appealed to the government to desist from dragging Nigeria's name to the mud and obey the ruling made by the international court today.
Raji said: "My appeal is that the government should respect our own international obligations by compiling with the orders of the ECOWAS court."
Also in his reaction, a team member of Dasuki's legal team Wale Balogun said he is optimistic that the Nigerian government will obey today's judgement.
He said, this is because Nigeria is a major stakeholder and signatories to the protocol of the ECOWAS court of justice and will obey and implement orders issued by then court.
The former national security adviser was arrested by the DSS immediately he secured a bail at three different Nigerian courts in December 2015.
Although no charges have been filed against him in court by the DSS, Dasuki is being accused of various offences ranging from money laundering, criminal abuse of public funds and office, illegal possession of arms among many others by the EFCC.
Although the Nigerian government have not obeyed any of the orders given by the Nigerian courts, it is uncertain whether the order of released and compensatory payment given by the ECOWAS court would be adhered to by the FG.