A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday has ordered the release of former National Security Adviser, Dasuki.
Mr Dasuki in an application had asked the Federal High Court to determine whether his detention for over two years was not in negation of his fundamental rights. He also demanded the enforcement of his rights at the ECOWAS court of justice which ordered his unconditional release. That order was also not respected by the federal government.
In the judgement that lasted over one hour, Justice Ojukwu criticised the federal government for unjustly arresting and detaining a Nigerian citizen for over two years without any justification contrary to the provision of the law.
The judge dismissed the claim of the security agency that Mr Dasuki was being held in protective custody on the strength of the alleged arm and ammunition found in his house.
Justice Ojukwu also agreed that the former NSA was illegally, unlawfully and unconstitutionally detained, she, however, did not award any damage against the federal government.
The court said Mr Dasuki’s bail bond would be N200 million and that the defendant should present two sureties in like sum. One of the sureties must be a federal government employee with not less than grade level 16 who must submit to the court his letter of appointment and the last letter of his promotion to pave way for the release of Mr Dasuki.
Mr. Dasuki demanded N5 billion as exemplary damages for the breach of his fundamental right and the detention without trial for over two years.
It can be recalled that Mr Dasuki was arrested by operatives of the State Security Service in December 2015 and has remained in the detention facility of the secret police since his arrest.
He is accused of masterminding the diversion of $2.1 billion from his former office. He is also accused of unlawful possession of firearms.