You lack powers to enforce Dasuki’s bail-FG tells ECOWAS Court.

     You lack powers to enforce Dasuki’s bail-FG tells ECOWAS Court.
     
    The federal government of Nigeria on Tuesday told the ECOWAS Court of Justice that it has no jurisdiction to enforce the bail conditions granted former National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Col. Sambo Dasuki by three courts.

    Attorney-General of the federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) through his counsel, T. A. Gazalli argued that the regional court cannot sit as an appellate court on the decisions of the various Nigerian courts where Dasuki has been charged with alleged diversion of funds for arms procurement valued at N2.1 billion.
    Gazalli therefore asked the court not to entertain the fundamental rights enforcement application brought by Dasuki.
     
    Dasuki, who secured a third bail from an FCT High Court on December 19, 2015, was re-arrested and taken into custody by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) shortly after fulfilling the bail conditions at the Kuje Prisons in Abuja.
    Consequently, he filed an application before the regional court asking the ECOWAS Court to enforce his fundamental rights as enshrined in the African Charter on the people and human rights and Sections 34 to 37 of the Nigerian Constitution and Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Right and Article 12 of the Universal of Human Rights.
     
    But Dasuki’s counsel Wale Balogun asked the court to dismiss the federal government’s objection to the application and assume jurisdiction in the matter.
    Balogun contended that the applicant has not been allowed to enjoy the bail granted him by three separate courts in Nigeria neither has he been told of any new offences against him.
     
    A three-member panel of Justices led by Justice Chijioke Nwoke has fixed April 11 for ruling on jurisdiction.

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