ECOWAS Court adjourns judgment in Dasuki’s case against FG

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice, on Wednesday, adjourned sine die (indefinitely) judgment in the case of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd), against the Federal Government, where-in he is challenging his detention by government since December 2015 in the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS).

The court, presided over by Justice Friday Nwoke, had on May 16, 2016, reserved judgment till Tuesday, after taking final argument from Dasuki’s lawyer, Robert Emukperuo and counsel for the Federal Government, Tijani Gazali.

However, the much awaited verdict of the court was not ready while the new date for the judgment would be communicated to lawyers when ready.

Dasuki had dragged the Federal Government before the ECOWAS Court praying the regional court to intervene in his detention without trial since December last year.

In the court action instituted by his counsel, Robert Emukpoeruo, Dasuki asked the court to award in his favour a sum of N500 million as damages for the alleged unlawful invasion of his house, detention, seizure of properties and infringement on his rights.

He claimed that government had put him on trial in three different high courts on corruption charges, where he was granted bail.

But the Federal Government through its counsel, Tijani Gazali, had argued a preliminary objection against Dasuki’s motion on the ground that he ought to have filed a contempt charge against the government for alleged disobedience to court order on the bail granted him, but the ECOWAS Court ruled that the case of the plaintiff was on his fundamental rights and has nothing to do with the domestic court.