Ex-NSA Dasuki’s aide sues EFCC, demands N500 million

Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, Nigeria
Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, Nigeria

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.


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  • Julius

    LOLz. These fools must be sharing the same SANs !

    • Juniour_poch

      is that the only comment you can make?

      • Julius

        Is this the only question you can ask ?

    • Queeneth

      Julius who are the fools? you or the EFCC that are violating human rights

      • Julius

        The thieves, the looters, the rouges , the immoral degenerates . how is the EFCC violating human rights ? Have you been arrested , interrogated by them ? Im assuming that you are a human. Right ?

  • Spoken word

    look at these clowns.instead of them returning all their stolen loot they are asking for damages. fools.

  • absam777

    I am glad that he can only afford the discount SAN. Mike Ozekhome. This is the same lawyer that made so much noise over Tinubu vs Dokpesi case and in the end chose to settle out of court. The guy is all show.

  • Rollingdollar

    A Nigerian citizen has been detained since December 2015 without charge! What in Gods name is Nigeria turning into under Buhari? For goodness sake can’t you fight corruption without acting like a kungfu master? What if this man is innocent? Can you fight illegality with illegality?

    • Ben

      Just look back and see what the past Jonathan led PDP regime turned Nigerians to due to unreserved looting of Nigeria treasury.

  • excel

    If you like go to ICC. the days of jumping bail and frustrating trail after looting the nation is over.

    • Netanyahu

      The guy is simply saying he can’t be locked up without charge or trial. That is not proper. If you believe you have a case against him, charge him to court. That’s what the law says. I don’t give a damn if the guy is convicted and jailed for life. No law allows the efcc to lock up someone for three uninterrupted months without charge. That is crazy.

  • peacebaba

    Why wont he sue the government when they detained his boss for so long without proper trial.. Everyone has right to freedom of speech and expression in this country.. Unfortunate, Dasuki has been denied all that which is not good for rule of law.. You detain someone without access to his lawyers and u expect a fair trial?.. He s been accused, fine, why not prove beyond doubt that he s guilty.. Lets be fair in everything we do

  • hummm

    The govt should add that 500 million naira lawsuit to the additional money he will be refunding to the govt once he is sent to jail permanently. OLODO, ODE OSHI aka looter. Btw, his useless lawyer filing that frivilous suit should be sent along with him to KUJE to be his cell mate. TIMEWASTERS.

  • chyngozy

    We just have be careful when we make comments because one way or the other it might get to us in life. Imagine an innocent person detained without trial. I agree with the corruption fight but I think we are like in a zoo where Lion is the uncontested King. Do we have laws, what does it say? What goes around comes around. We might be free to comment but please be careful because nemesis is right with us.

  • Abisola

    Exactly, why won’t he sue them if he is being detained without a charge against him. Detaining someone for three months without proper charging is unlawful

    • Labarans

      you are right my sister… some people are just ignoramuses who come here to say rubbish on innocent people

      • Abisola

        Thank you o, my brother. They will just be spewing filth

  • Queeneth

    He did the right thing, how can the FG detained the former NSA for months without trial. honestly the anti-graft agency are not doing well with all this their probes

  • peacebaba

    EFCCC shld also come out and answer questions on the continuous unlawful detention of Dasuki,.. We have to protect the rule of law in our bid to fight corruption

  • Juniour_poch

    He has 100% right to sue the EFCC due to the restrictions of human right….Forma NSA was detains since December 2015 unlawfully. i even think he should demand more than 500m

  • Labarans

    It is unfortunate the media trial of all those that served in the last dispensation. They claim this Colonel house in Abuja was broken into but unfortunately rather the so-called millions in the roofs nothing was found in the house and in his account. Must we rubbish everybody to prove that the system is working. This is very unfair

  • chim

    my problem is that EFCC are confused and have no strong facts to detain Dasuki, if u ask me i wil advice court to grant this man bail, let EFCC go back, get facts and tell Nigerians wot we want to hear

  • ladun

    the level of corruption in the country has resulted to a cat and mouse game, irrespective in order to fish out corrupt official the EFCC needs to be careful in their persecution and should have enough evidence to buttress their argument.

  • Abdul

    For government to be responsive… Judicial arm of government must be allowed to take its rightful position in the name of democracy. He has the right to sue EFCC as a Nigerian for being detained unlawfully. Dasuki was granted bail sometime in November. He is yet to be released… Are we practicing democracy of military system of government?