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ECOWAS court ruling: FG explains why it won’t release Dasuki for now

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ECOWAS court ruling: FG explains why it won’t release Dasuki for now

The federal government said on Wednesday that it will not take a position on the order for the release of former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, until it studies the content of Tuesday’s ruling of the ECOWAS court which also ordered it to pay N15 million as damages to Dasuki.

“We cannot just react. We will first of all study the judgement to understand it’s content before taking a stand,” said Salihu Isah, the spokesman to Nigeria’s Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

READ: Inibehe Effiong: Dasuki: Is the ECOWAS court judgement binding on Nigeria?

The former NSA, who is facing a 22-count charge for alleged diversion of funds to the tune of $2.1 billion, illegal possession of arms,  among others has been granted bail several times by the courts. But despite meeting the bail conditions, the Department of State Services (DSS) always found ways to keep him in detention.

Justice Friday Nwoke led a three-member panel of the ECOWAS court on Tuesday to describe Dasuki’s continued detention as unlawful, arbitrary and a mockery of democracy.

It also ordered the Federal Government to bear the cost of Dasuki’s litigation.

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