A former special assistant to the immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, Nicholas Ashinze, has sued the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly detaining him illegally, demanding N500 million as compensation.
Mr. Ashinze also prayed an Abuja High Court to issue an order declaring his arrest and detention by the EFCC, since December 23, unlawful.
In the suit filed against the commission, the Chief of Army Staff and the Nigerian Army, Mr. Ashinze also asked the court to issue an order preventing his re-arrest.
The EFCC accuses Mr. Ashinze of diverting funds meant for the purchase of arms by Mr. Dasuki.
He was arrested by the commission on December 23, 2015 for his alleged involvement in the diversion of $2.1 billion by the former NSA.
Mr. Ashinze has remained in the custody of the EFCC since his arrest, without been charged to court.
His counsel, Mike Ozekhome, filed a fundamental rights suit before Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court seeking his immediate release from the custody of the EFCC and a compensation of N500 million.
He also asked the court to grant him bail on self-recognition, since the other parties to the matter, the Nigerian Army, and the EFCC, were not present at Tuesday’s sitting.
The judge adjourned the matter to March 14.