The ECOWAS Court, on Tuesday ruled the arrest and detention of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki as ‘unlawful and arbitrary’, further ruling that Nigerian Federal Government should pay a sum of N15 million as damages to Mr. Dasuki.

Mr. Dasuki who is facing multiple trials for alleged diversion of $2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms in the immediate past administration and illegal possession of fire arms, approached the ECOWAS court after he was rearrested by members of Nigeria’s State Security Service shortly after meeting his bail conditions in November last year.

The former NSA has remained in the custody of the SSS since his arrest.

The three-member panel led by Justice Friday Nwoke said Nigeria’s government was wrong in arresting Mr. Dasuki without a search warrant, adding that the pattern of arrest negates the provisions of Section 28 of the Nigerian Police Act.



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