Dasuki slams N15bn suit against FG over unlawful detention

Dasuki slams N15bn suit against FG over unlawful detention
July 19 06:51 2016

The immediate past  National Security Adviser,
Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has dragged
the Federal Government before an Abuja High Court over his detention without trial in the
custody of the Department of the State Service, DSS,
since December 2015.

Dasuki in  the fresh legal action, is praying the court to
order his immediate release from detention 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 the 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 Security 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 was
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.

Dasuki 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,
was wrongful, unlawful, unconstitutional and a violation
of his right granted 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
property, mainly cars and monies, were unlawfully
carted away.