Dasuki’s family reacts, as Appeal Court orders his release, fines DSS N5m

By Shola Abayomi.

President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked by the family of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), to honor the latest judgement by the Court of Appeal Abuja, which ordered his immediate release.

Dasuki has been in detention since 2015, despite several court judgements ordering his release.

A member of the family said: “We are anxiously waiting for President Buhari’s government to obey the latest order of the Court of Appeal by releasing our breadwinner.

“So far, six different judges at the FCT High Courts, Federal High Courts as well as Ecowas Court of Justice have ordered for the immediate release of Dasuki after perfecting the bail condition which were never obeyed.

“We pray that with the unanimous judgment of a panel of the Appeal for Dasuki’s immediate release, the government will obey the order coming from a higher court in the land.”

The appellate court in a unanimous judgment of a 3-man panel of Justices of the court led by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson, ruled that the DSS and its Director General acted outside their constitutional powers on the long period of the detention of a Nigerian citizen and imposed a fine of N5m on them to be paid to Dasuki as compensation for breach of his fundamental right.

The Court declared that the detention of Dasuki was illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and ordered his release on conditional of bail.

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