ECOWAS Court Asks Dasuki, FG to Argue Case


By Tobi Soniyi

  The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court has called on former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), to open his case against the Federal Government.

The court also ordered the Federal Government to be ready to open its defence to justify the detention of the former NSA.

  While Dasuki will open his case this Wednesday, the Federal Government will also argue its defence to the suit the next day.

  Presiding judge of the regional court, Justice Friday Chijioke Nwoke, gave the order in Abuja on Tuesday at the resumed hearing of the suit instituted by Dasuki challenging his alleged unlawful detention, unlawful seizure of properties and infringement of his fundamental right to liberty.

  Justice Nwoke, while ruling in a motion by the Federal Government seeking to lead oral evidence against Dasuki to justify his continued detention, said that having granted expeditious hearing in the case, the court could not do anything to defeat the accelerated hearing order.

  The judge granted the request of the Federal Government to call two witnesses who are security operatives to lead oral evidence against Dasuki but ordered that the defence by government must be done within one day.

  He subsequently ordered Dasuki to make out his case of the abuse of fundamental rights against government today (Wednesday May 18) while the Federal Government must put its defence at the disposal of the court on Thursday, May 19, 2016.