Obey ECOWAS court, release Dasuki, Falana urges Nigerian govt.

Femi Falana
Photo credits: Newsbreakers
Femi Falana Photo credits: Newsbreakers

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has called on the Nigerian government to obey last month’s order by the Court of the Economic Community of West African States declaring that Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser, be granted bail.

In a statement on Monday, Mr. Falana said the government, having “loudly proclaimed” its commitment to the rule of law cannot afford to ignore the order of the ECOWAS Court.

“Indeed, as a leading member state of the ECOWAS, the Nigerian Government must continue to demonstrate leadership by example,” said Mr. Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

“More so, that it was federal government which persuaded the former military dictators in Niger Republic to release ex-President Mammoud Tandja from custody in line with the order of the ECOWAS Court. Therefore, President Buhari should direct the SSS to comply with the order of the ECOWAS Court by releasing Col. Dasuki (rtd) on bail without any further delay.”

The ECOWAS Court had, in October, declared as unlawful and arbitrary the arrest and detention of Mr. Dasuki.

Sambo Dasuki
Sambo Dasuki

The court also held that the further arrest of the former NSA chief by the government on November 4, after he was granted bail by a court, amounts to a mockery of democracy and the rule of law.

Mr. Dasuki, a retired colonel, is facing multiple trials for alleged diversion of $2.1 billion meant for arms purchase by the immediate past administration. He is also accused of illegal possession of firearms.

He approached the ECOWAS court after he was rearrested by operatives of the State Security Service shortly after meeting his bail conditions in November last year.

Mr. Dasuki has remained in the custody of the SSS since his arrest.

Mr. Falana said the inability of the Nigerian government to ban human rights violations was responsible for the decision of the US to reportedly ban the Buhari administration from purchasing war planes to prosecute the war on terror.

“A similar ban under the Jonathan administration prolonged the war on terror,” he said.

“While the ban may be questioned in view of the global fight against terrorism the federal government should release all political detainees from custody and stop the police and other security agencies from infringing on the human rights of the Nigerian people.”


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  • C3kwe

    Elected dictatorship. Buhari government is not a respecter of law, and this was a government falana supported. We warned Nigerians during the election that this old leopard would not change its spots.

    • abodes_124

      But if perhaps the Falana’s and Soyinkas of this world speak up as they used to they may listen. Mind you it is more likely that they will suffer the fate of Fani Kayode and Reuben Abati and our erstwhile judges ‘for offences bordering on money laundering’

  • B. Messi

    The APC wailers are seriously giving the original wailers a good run for their money!

  • ita ekpo

    If ecowas is real and is a serious people. They would have make no fly zone for buhari to know how serious they are. Since there is no punishment for him he feeled is correct in his doing. Are ecowas telling us that he owned the world. That he has to break the law made by africans countries. If the ecowas can not place sanction to know their seriousness ecowas court will not be respected by africans people. As their judgement have no power to prosecute. In tomorrow white people presecute him then you people will know that ecowas is a weak court which have no meaning in judging one wrong.

  • Alozie

    Objective preparation is the key to success. The lord Jesus is coming to take his people. The onus is on us to prepare ourselves and be ready to receive him. Please spread the gospel and prepare one another

  • abodes_124

    Falana! Na you dey talk this ? Wonders will never cease. I had completely given up on you and cringed each time ‘human rights lawyer’ was mentioned in the same breath as your name. There is a glimmer of hope that you may return to the path of fighting for and not condemning those whose rights are being crushed by the arbitrary of measures of an overbearing state.