It’s time to fight back for the embattled former National Security Officer, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), who has filed a fresh fundamental human rights enforcement suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja against the Department of State Services.
The former NSA is demanding for his unconditional release.
Dasuki, who has been detained by the DSS since December 29, 2015, also demanded N5bn as “general damages and compensation” for the alleged violation of his rights.
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/263/2018 and filed on March 15, 2018, the ex-NSA also urged the court “to order the three respondents to the suit to tender public apology to him in two widely published newspapers for the violation of his rights as enshrined under Sections 34(1), 35(1), (4) & (5), 37 & 41(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).”
The Director General of the DSS, Mr. Lawal Daura, the DSS itself, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, are joined as the first to the third respondents to the suit.
The suit has been assigned to Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court but no date has been fixed for its hearing.
The judgment of the Economic Community of West African States Court of Justice delivered on October 4, 2016 ordering the release of the ex-NSA from the custody of the DSS is yet to be obeyed by the Federal Government.
The court had in its judgment declared the ex-NSA’s continued detention as unlawful, arbitrary and a violation of his right to liberty and awarded N15m damages against the Federal Government in favour of the detainee.