Nigeria not duty-bound to obey ECOWAS Court ruling on Dasuki – Buhari’s aide

FILE PHOTO: Former NSA Sambo Dasuki and others arraigned over misappropriation at the FCT High Court in Abuja
FILE PHOTO: Former NSA Sambo Dasuki and others arraigned over misappropriation at the FCT High Court in Abuja

The Nigerian government is not obligated to obey a ruling of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, Court that a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, be released from the custody of the State Security Service, a presidential aide has said.

The ECOWAS Court, on October 4, had declared the continued detention of Mr. Dasuki unlawful, arbitrary and a violation of his right to liberty.

The former NSA is accused of misspending billions of dollars meant for procurement of arms for fight against Boko Haram. The government also accuses him of illegal possession of firearms.

Mr. Dasuki was arrested in December 2015, and has been in detention since then.

“It is advisory opinion,” President Muhammadu Buhari’s adviser on prosecution, Okoi Obla, said of the ECOWAS’ court ruling, in an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES.

“The ECOWAS Court cannot enforce opinion. The government is not obligated to obey the ruling of the ECOWAS Court.”

The ECOWAS Court was created pursuant to the Article 6 and Article 15 of the Revised Treaty of ECOWAS, the political-economic bloc of the West African countries.

Nigeria is a signatory to the Treaty which is “binding on the member states, the institutions of the community, individuals and corporate bodies,” as its Article 15(4) provides.

But Section 12(1) of the Nigerian Constitution says “No treaty between the Federation (Nigeria) and any other country shall have the force of law except to the extent to which any such treaty has been enacted by the National Assembly”.

The National Assembly has not domesticated the Revised Treaty and the Supplementary Protocol regarding the ECOWAS Court.

Regardless, analysts expect Nigeria to obey the ruling as an exemplary demonstration of its leadership position in the West African sub-region.

Mr. Obla cited countries he said had disregarded international law.

“Look at Israel; Israel has disregarded all international rulings. The so-called bastion of democracy, America, has flouted all judgements of the ICJ against America. They even refused to be signatory to the ICC treaty,” he said.

He said the “national interest” and “security” of the country “are the most important considerations”.

Asked if releasing Mr. Dasuki could threaten Nigeria’s security, he said, “Well he was a National Security Adviser. That’s a very powerful office; and he’s a Prince”.

Mr. Obla said “cumulatively”, Mr. Dasuki misappropriated $15 billion meant for procurement of arms to prosecute the war against Boko Haram terrorism in the North East.

He denied that Mr. Buhari was being vindictive and acting in contempt of court in the case of Mr. Dasuki.

“The president has not disobeyed any law regarding Dasuki. The first charge against Dasuki was unlawful possession of firearms. They brought application for his bail which was granted. As he was perfecting his bail conditions and before he was released, he was arrested for another offence. That’s it.

“If you are arrested for manslaughter, you asked for bail and the bail is granted. But as you are about to be released, the police come to say you are accused of killing another person two years ago, that has cancelled the first bail.

“There is no evidence that the federal government is in contempt of court,” he said.

He, however, said the government was “still studying the judgement”, echoing an earlier position of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.


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  • dami

    Let him rot there abeg…we don’t need him for anything.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    True but Buari should realise that the west African countries under whose mandate the ECOWAS court operates are not duty bound to recognise his government as a democracy, they and the international community have the right to confer upon his government the status of a lawless rogue regime. The treaty which brought the ECOWAS court into existence was signed by Nigeria without compulsion as a sovereign state.

    • Rommel

      Only an animal would expect that Nigeria should release someone being held for security reasons because ECOWAS says so,does ECOWAS take care security in Nigeria? I heard you guys took Daniel Kanu’s case to ECOWAS immediately they made a pronouncement on Dasuki which is the reason why you guys are agitating,well,it is an exercise in futility,I hope you read the Uncle Ben Gbulie’s interview today

      • nixon

        Kanu’s case was registered in the ECOWAS court long before Dasukis verdict. Stop trumpeting your ignorance buddy!

        • Rommel

          Why then was Dasuki’s discharged before his?

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Your rogue regime has been dodging and delaying the dooms day.

          • Burbank

            And you can stay in the sidewalk, bigot.

          • Burbank

            Kanu’s case is not worth the time of ECOWAS while Dasuki’s a waste of time of ECOWAS.

      • Burning Spear

        Ibo manu——-Yet your useless South south Oil Revenue dependent country–Nigeria—–ACCEPTED the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague,in The Netherlands which ruled in favour of Cameroon in a dispute over the ownership of the Bakassi Peninsula abi? Maybe because they are whites–just maybe–Monkey—When they said that in pursuant to the Anglo-German Agreement of 11 March 1913, sovereignty over Bakassi lies with Cameroon? Why is the ECOWAS court ruling on Dasuki now different-from that of ICoJ?—‘ Again, did the House of Rep consent to the ruling on Bakassi b4 Obj handed over the territory to Cameroon?—Aware -thief Obj hurriedly accepted the verdict of the ICoJ——————-within minutes of her ruling on the mattter-because Obj did not want Nigeria be turned into a Pariah state—————by the International community——————–But now Bingo Buhari is afraid————-Dasuki will turn over the lies told against him and Jonathan into a victory parade——–so is scared stiff of allowing the man go free———– just as he did with Pa Ajasin and Ambrose Ali ati Sam Mbakwe-some 30 years ago—–animals

        • Rommel

          That’s why we say PDP is cursed as a government for given out that part of Nigeria,can’t you see that the Cameroonian president had to come find out if the honorable Buhari and APC government would honor that agreement,I hope you read what Reuben Abati has been talking about how spirits were pursing them up and down in Aso rock they they had time to loot as much as they wanted

          • Burning Spear

            U mean the Zombie like article he wrote-with a view to rebrand Bingo Buhari——————ati baby pancake Aisha Buhari—-of Halliburton fame–abi—-Two thieving vagabonds in power——-in aso rock busy shaming Nigeria around the globe—–Again-why should I trouble my soul to read such childish articles-by Rueben Abati—the man who killed Jonathan?—–While the White people are exploring ways of residing in the moon–the Black man is thinking of ghost and spirits pursuing their thieving Fulani ati Yoruba–elites–and their Ibo surrogates—in aso rock-Why Are the same spirits not in pursuit of humans in the White House and———————-Number Downing street—–in London–?——The question is why did Nigeria under the rule of Obj hand over Bakassi to the Cameroon people—-following the verdict of the ICoJ?—-ECOWAS IS OPERATED BY BLACKS–ICoJ is under the control of White People abi—? So why should Buhari obey them court orders from Africans as a Malian abi Chadian?—Monkey

          • anta mitchel

            bingo nnamidiot is in cage

          • Burbank

            Gbam, and abandoned by his ex-supporters.

          • Burbank

            Gbam

        • Burbank

          “within minutes of her ruling on the mattter-because Obj did not want Nigeria be turned into a Pariah state—————by the International community.”

          The Russian and the US ignored and vetoed many UN rulings; both are still not pariah states.

        • anta mitchel

          East wants oil nothing else na wah ooooo??????

      • thusspokez

        You are all emotion and sentimentalism but totally devoid of an ability to think rationally. Despite such debilitation, you nevertheless have something to say on every discussion even when they are too highbrow for you.

        • Burbank

          Good points.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        The worst animal is one who would sign up to a treaty but reneges when the chips are down.

        • Burbank

          Just like the USA.

      • Richard Omo

        I respect you.

      • sab

        Rommel, only sound minded people like you can allow release of Boko Haram terrorists held and readmitted into the society. Rommel, in your soundness of mind, between Dasuki and the Boko Haram fighters which is better?

        • Burbank

          Dasuki, of course.
          Shekau would have been killed along long time ago if Dasuki had not disarmed the Nigerian army.

          • Solomon Brown

            Stop spewing crap, has Buhari procured any weapons since he assumed power?

          • Burbank

            None.
            He is only using satchet waters NDA sc-Avengers terrorists, Shiites criminals and Boko Haram militants.

          • Solomon Brown

            Get serious man

          • Burbank

            Do you know that DIGON can produced weapons locally?

            NR-Light Automatic Rifle (LAR) Type 81, Sub-Machine Gun (SMG),
            General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), AK-47 Assault Rifle, Pistols, 81 mm Mortars, Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher (RPG7) , Hand Grenades and Live Ammunition( 9mm x 19, and 7. 62 x 51) had been DIGON-produced for years.

            But total neglect by past governments made DIGON useless, until Buhari lashed his whip on August 7,2015 to the Nigerian Defense Academy and locally-made weapons and ammo had been ramped up to kill those militants, and saving billions of dollars from foreign arms imports and Dasuki-style theft of arms budget..

          • Solomon Brown

            DICON you meant to say, but it hasn’t manufactured nothing since the early 2000’s.

        • Rommel

          Boko Haram and it is because we can identify and kill them easily as enemies but Dasuki comes masked as a decent and respectable citizen of Nigeria while he is the one sponsoring evil

      • Burbank

        Gbam

      • Solomon Brown

        I understand you will continue to follow this government blindly until it leads you off a cliff. First off Nigeria is the largest member nation of ECOWAS, and if we don’t lead by example by obeying the regional court, all that does is setting a bad precedent for smaller member nations.

        Secondly there are ways around these things, you can obey the court, while keeping a tight leash around the man, if truly he’s got a case to answer, but you guys(APC Zombies) are either too narrow minded or myopic to figure these things out. Enjoy your fascism while it lasts.

    • Burbank

      Thus spoke the bigot clown @tawanda

  • NinjaK

    hmnn….with this Govt……the rate at which songs are now becoming proverbs is alarming o….

  • Buhari d daft cow.

    Buhari is just a unproductive element with a brain cell of a cow.

    • Burbank

      And yours that of the cow’s shit !

      • Buhari d daft cow.

        And u are a manky & useless like shithari d plonker

        • Burbank

          Same to you.

          • Buhari d daft cow.

            Scubber that wot u are.

          • Burbank

            Scubber that wot u are.

    • anta mitchel

      I agree but he got more brain than nnamidiot.

      • Buhari d daft cow.

        Buhari is brain dead pls.

        • anta mitchel

          I agree but he got more brain than nnamidiot.

          • Buhari d daft cow.

            U are just a gormless like shithari & full of shit also.

          • anta mitchel

            You are a faggot ANU.

          • Buhari d daft cow.

            U bloody gay boy.

          • anta mitchel

            We know only biafraud can do anything for money

  • Burning Spear

    The Gwabment of Bingo Buhari and by extension the Apes in APC is the most Satanic in human history—-Then can the so-called legal minds led by 0ur 419 VIP, OSIBANJO-give me one reason why —Nigeria ACCEPTED the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague,in The Netherlands which ruled in favour of Cameroon in a dispute over the ownership of the Bakassi Peninsula? That in pursuant to the Anglo-German Agreement of 11 March 1913, sovereignty over Bakassi lies with Cameroon? Why is the ECOWAS court ruling on Dasuki now different-from the ICoJ?—‘ Again, did the House of Rep consent to the ruling on Bakassi b4 Obj handed over the territory to Cameroon?—Aware -thief Obj hurriedly accepted the verdict of the ICoJ——————-within minutes of her ruling on the mattter-because Obj did not want Nigeria be turned into a Pariah state—————by the International community——————–But now Bingo Buhari is afraid————-Dasuki will turn over the lies told against him and Jonathan into a victory parade——–so is afraid–to free the man just as he did with Pa Ajasin and Ambrose Ali ati Sam Mbakwe-some 30 years ago————-

    • Burbank

      You can call the police to arrest Buhari and send him to ECOWAS court.

  • thusspokez

    The Nigerian government is not obligated to obey a ruling of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, Court that a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, be released from the custody of the State Security Service, a presidential aide has said.

    Nonsense! ECOWAS didn’t force Nigeria to sign any agreement with it. So if Nigeria doesn’t want to be bound by any regional or international agreements them it should not sign the agreement otherwise, it is obligated to obey just like other signatories.

    • Burbank

      Nonsense!

  • Intrepid

    Southern Politicians are indeed good servants to the North.

    • anta mitchel

      Yes we are better servants to the North than to criminal east looking for cheap slaves.
      Marriage to landlocked east na by force???

  • B. Messi

    After the international husband Vs wife blunder in Germany, Buhari and his men are still on their walk of shame??
    Hahahaha!!
    Pariah nation loading at the speed of light.
    Real drama ahead!
    From now henceforth, I degree laughter till 2019!
    Hahahaha!
    I dey laff oooo!

    • Burbank

      “I degree laughter till 2019!”
      Make it 2023.

  • Burning Spear

    Why-did Nigeria ACCEPT the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague,in The Netherlands which ruled in favour of Cameroon in a dispute over the ownership of the Bakassi Peninsula ? Maybe because they are whites–just maybe—-When they said that sovereignty over Bakassi lies with Cameroon? Why is the ECOWAS court ruling on Dasuki now different-from that of ICoJ?—‘ Again, did the House of Rep consent to the ruling on Bakassi b4 Obj handed over the territory to Cameroon?—Aware -thief Obj hurriedly accepted the verdict of the ICoJ——————-within minutes of her ruling on the mattter-because Obj did not want Nigeria be turned into a Pariah state—————by the International community—-abi?—————-But now Bingo Buhari is afraid————-Dasuki will turn over the lies told against him by Efcc and DSS into a victory parade-for–Jonathan—-So is scared stiff of allowing the man go free———– just as he did with Pa Ajasin and Ambrose Ali ati Sam Mbakwe-some 30 years ago—–animals

    • Burbank

      OK.
      ECOWAS court can arrest Buhari today and federal president tomorrow.
      Next?

      • IZON Redeemer

        What is the difference between the baboons and the monkeys that u represent -As brainless as ever——-Monkey

        • Burbank

          Better than you!

  • PeaceMaker

    Until Nigerian enacts a domestic legislation adopting the treaty to the extent the nation wants to adopt it, the Nation is not bound by the judgement of the Ecowas Court. To do otherwise will set dangerous precedent. It means that the executive arm can just sign a treaty and sign us into any obligation without the consent of the Nigerian people as represented by the NASS. It’s a checks and balances thing. For instance, it means that one day, of the Organisation of Islamic Nations sets up its own Islamic Nations’ court, it means Nigeria would be bound by the decisions of that court simply because Nigeria is a signatory by executive act to that treaty. This cannot be the case.

    This is trite international law. Merely signing a treaty is not enough for it to be binding. The FG must come back home and take necessary steps to pass all the necessary local laws (and in some cases, amend the constitution) required to bring the relevant provisions of that treaty into force locally. For instance, in this case, we will need to amend that provision of our constitution that says that the Supreme Court is our final court and court of last resort. If this is the case what position does the Ecowas Court occupy in the hierarchy of our court system? Is it a court of final resort or can it’s judgements be appealed in our own national courts? All these are issues that must be resolved in a local legislation!!!

    • Burning Spear

      U have not answered my question as a Lawyer—-under which legal frame work did Nigeria accept the verdict of the ICoJ–concerning Bakassi—Peninsula–Where the conditions in your post met before we handed over Bakassi to the Cameroonians———? What is the differece between ECOWAS COURT and the ICoJ-? WAITING FOR ANSWER AND WAIT I WILL-

      • Burbank

        “under which legal frame work did Nigeria accept the verdict of the ICoJ–concerning Bakassi—Peninsula.”
        Those enacted by Nnamdi Kanu in biafra !

    • Burbank

      Gbam
      It’s obvious that Dasuki has run out of options in Nigeria and grasping at the last straw, any straw, to justify his theft of billions of US dollars from Nigeria.

    • igboham

      Why did Nigeria send a legal team to defend the action?

  • Sir Louis

    Honourable Obla is right. For reasons of national security, Nigeria can refuse to obey the judgement of the Ecowas Court. And States have done this frequently.We should not forget that this clash between the decisions of a supra- national organisation like the ECOWAS and those of the sovereign State member, is among the issues that forced the UK to opt out of the European Union.

    • Riltin

      Are you implying that Nigeria should exit ECOWAS because of this court ruling?

  • Burning Spear

    @PEACEMAKER——-U have not answered my question as a Lawyer—-under which legal frame-work did Nigeria accept the verdict of the ICoJ–concerning Bakassi—Peninsula’?–Where the conditions in your post met before we handed over Bakassi to the Cameroonians———? What is the difference OR THE LEGAL STATUS OF D ECOWAS COURT and the ICoJ-? WAITING FOR ANSWER AND WAIT I WILL-ANIMALS

    • Burbank

      “What is the difference OR THE LEGAL STATUS OF D ECOWAS COURT and the ICoJ?”Nnamdi Kanu enacted the laws for ECOWAS while Dokubo Asari enacted the laws for ICoJ !

      • IZON Redeemer

        Mumu Ibo man–no wonder Fulani cowhands are slaughtering yr people like goats———-

        • Burbank

          Ask your PDP politicians to stop funding them.

  • Burbank

    “But Section 12(1) of the Nigerian Constitution says “No treaty between the Federation (Nigeria) and any other country shall have the force of law except to the extent to which any such treaty has been enacted by the National Assembly” which “the National Assembly has not domesticated the Revised Treaty and the Supplementary Protocol regarding the ECOWAS Court.”

    Plain and simple to understand.
    Dasuki you can try your luck with the People’s Court of North Korea.

    • edodelta

      For you ignorant Nigerians who think like the OUTCAST PARIAH state

      of the North Koreans, here what the INTERNATIONAL LAWS that is superior to your CONSTITUTIONAL LAWS says to which Nigeria is signatory bound by FORCE:

      Vienna Covention on the Law of Treaties (May 23,1969) – provides thus:

      Article 26: Every treaty in force is BINDING UPON THE PARTIES [Ecowas members] to it and MUST be performed by them in good faith.

      Article 27: A party [Nigeria] may not invoke the provisions of its INTERNAL LAW [section 12(1) of the Nigerian Constitution] as JUSTIFICATION for its FAILURE to perform a treaty.

      So tell your iIGNORANT Attorney General that what Nigeria signed for in the Ecowas Treaty, African Union Charter and United Nations Convenant on human rights violations, Nigeria MUST submit to it!

      Except of course the Attorney general is advocating that Nigeria should exit the Ecowas, African Union and United Nations so as to be able to disobey International Court orders like they do their own National Court orders under this LAWLESS & OUTLAW Buhari administration.

      • anta mitchel

        Go and enforce it biafraud.

      • Burbank

        Then you can arrest Obama and Putin today and quote them with you can quote Article 26 od the Vienna Covention on the Law of Treaties (May 23,1969)

  • tony10

    How many ECOWAS countries has/have ever obeyed ECOWAS Court rulings? I think PT should tell us to justify FG obeying this ruling. So to PT Nigeria should submit its sovereignty to an outside body? Sometimes you read news in Nigeria and you begin to wonder whether the media know what they are doing at all.

  • Alhaji

    Then why are we wasting our $millions on ECOWAS Court if its verdicts are invalid?

  • Taiwo

    Why did Nigeria sign the protocol if not duty bound to obey the court? After 12 years consecutive years of contesting preside elections, this is what Buhari has to offer!

  • azu ralph

    . Now u cannot obey your own courts, and order of a court you freely joined their union, Abuse of an ENTRUSTED POWER AND AUTHORITY is the worst CORRUPTION/ FG is gravitating towards that and people who knows, in and out of govt. are applauding. What goes around comes around Lets ponder a bit Drops of water when it GANDERS MOMENTUM BECOMES OCEAN AND NOTHING WITHSTANDS IT THEN ,

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  • front man

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  • front man

    Dansuki will spend the rest of his life in jail