NLNG Corporate Teamwork banner First bank FinTech summit Fidelity bank card banner Emerald Energy Institute Camano banner

Unlawful detention: Dasuki wants N15bn from FG; plus release and public apology

By News Express on 17/07/2016

Gmail icon

Views: 1,466

Detained former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), has dragged the Federal Government before an Abuja high court to formally challenge his incarceration in the custody of the Department of the State Service (DSS) since December last year without trial.

Dasuki in the fresh legal action is praying the court to order his immediate release from the claws of the Federal Government security agents either conditionally or unconditionally.

The suit marked FCT/HC/ABJ/CV/2005/2016 instituted on his behalf by his two lead counsels Messrs Joseph Daudu (SAN) and Ahmed Raji (SAN) was brought pursuant to Order 11, Rule 1, 2 and 3 of the Fundamental Rights Enforcement Procedure Rule 2009.

Dasuki who claimed that his fundamental right to freedom of liberty and dignity to life has been grossly violated by the Federal Government with his detention prayed for an order of the court to compel the Federal Government to pay him N15 billion as general damages and compensation for his alleged illegal detention and incarceration in violation of his rights as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.

He also prayed the court to compel defendants in the suit to jointly and severally tender a public apology to him to be published in two national dailies for the violation of his rights.

Defendants in the court action are the Department of State Service (DSS), National Security Adviser (NSA), Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Besides, Dasuki sought court declaration that he is entitled to his rights to dignity of human person, personal liberty, fair hearing, freedom of movement, private and family life and to acquire and own properties as enshrined in the 1999 constitution.

He also wants the court to declare that his arrest and continuous detention since December 29, 2015 in the custody of the DSS and NSA by officers of the Federal Government without allowing him access to his medical personnel, members of his family and without charging him to court within the time prescribed by law is wrongful, unlawful, un-constitutional and a violation of his right guaranteed by the country’s constitution.

In a 43 paragraph affidavit in support of the originating summon, the applicant claimed to be a retired army officer, decent with no criminal record, lawfully resident in Nigeria and had served the country in various capacities.

He averred that on July 16, 2015, the agents of the Federal Government unlawfully invaded his houses in Abuja and Sokoto and that during the invasion, his properties mainly cars and monies were unlawfully carted away.

In the affidavit deposed to by one of his sons, Abubakar Dasuki, the applicant claimed that in protest against the unlawful invasion and detention, he instituted a court action at a Federal High Court for the enforcement of his right.

Upon receipt of the court process, the affidavit claimed that the Federal Government quickly charged him to court in charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/319/15 in September 2015 and that he was granted bail by the court.

Dasuki averred that upon his bail, he applied for court permission to travel abroad for medical attention and that the court granted him approval on November 3, 2015 but he following day, the security operatives in brazen defiance of the court permission, laid siege on his house and dis-allowed the trip.

He claimed that in spite of his life threatening ailment and persuasions, his house was kept under the siege during which he was not allowed to move out or receive any member of his family and visitors.

Dasuki said that on December 1, 2015, the DSS operatives arrested him and that the following day, he was moved to EFCC custody from where he was on December 13 arraigned in an Abuja high court in the charge FCT/HC/CR/43/2015 where he was also admitted to bail.

The applicant claimed that he was on December 15, 2015 arraigned in the third court in the charge FCT/HC/CR/42/2016 where he was also granted bail.

Upon his release on bail at Kuje prison on December 29, 2015, Dasuki averred that he was re-arrested by the operatives of the DSS and had since been kept in solitary confinement, thereby impairing his ability to provide for his family.

The affidavit indicated that the concern and apprehension of his family became compounded when President Muhammadu Buhari in his maiden Presidential media chat of December 30, 2015 said that Dasuki will not be released because of the weight of charges against him and that he may likely jump bail.

The applicant claimed that unless the court comes to his rescue by protecting him and order his immediate release, his right to life, human dignity, personal liberty, privacy, family life, freedom of movement and right to own properties already impaired and violated by the defendants will continue to be impaired and put in jeopardy.

Meanwhile, hearing in the matter has been slated before Justice Peter Kekemekun after the yearly vacation of the FCT high court.

•Photo shows Sambo Dasuki.

Source News Express

Posted 17/07/2016 8:32:32 PM





You may also like...
Mixed reaction greets Saraki’s election as Senate President...

Minister tasks new NTA Board on professionalism, national...

Don’t deny Nigerians freedom of expression, GOCOP tells...

Attah to Buhari: Implement true federalism now or...

China gambles $142 billion on Africa

Tony Elumelu foresees Africa’s rise, calls for stronger...

Developing of solid mineral sector difficult without reliable...

Ngige begs oil workers to end strike as...

2015: IBB throws weight behind Jonathan •Says re-election...

ICPC docks KadPoly Procurement Officer for N39m fraud...


Bayelsa APC holds guber primary election today


Latest News Breaking: Chaos as Hong Kong's 'state of the union' is disrupted Minimum wage: FG, Labour shift ground Community sues Anambra Government, others for N5bn damages over land trespass Gunmen kill man, abduct 2 children in Kwali-FCT NIWA unmasks sea robbers’ hide-out in Lagos Buhari orders crackdown on inhuman Islamic schools Why FG stopped states from rehabilitating roads – Fayemi Sanwo-Olu re-orders Ambode’s 2019 Budget, seeks N250bn loan Minimum Wage: House of Reps moves to resolve Labour, FG impasse Court remands 3 in prison for impersonating EFCC, ICPC officials Cruel mistress burns housemaids with hot iron for not flushing toilet Gov. Okowa appoints 11 permanent secretaries


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (550,921 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (447,311 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (394,823 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (330,701 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (298,928 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (263,888 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (256,062 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (253,323 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (234,800 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (221,000 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (198,524 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (195,745 views)


CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (105) Business & Economy (4,491) Business Verdict (85) Columnists (1,127) Complaints & Requests (96) Enterprise & Opportunities (217) Entertainment (689) Features (829) Global Business Monitor (465) ICT Monitor (65) International (4,077) Interview (204) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (174) Maggie's Blog (448) News (52,677) Opinion (1,394) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,571) Religion (1,110) Sports (2,194) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update







APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera