Dasuki Cries Out Over Infringement of His Human Rights

By Ikenga Chronicles December 9, 2016

The detained former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki has on Thursday night tendered a letter to the Supreme Court over the continual infringement of his right by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government. 

Dasuki in a letter to the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen, said that his two appeal cases for bail were filed in compliance with the Supreme Court practice directions in August and have since been pending for hearing.

Dasuki who made this submission through his lead counsel, Joseph Daudu asked the court to exercise its discretion by granting him speedy hearing.

He recalled that his client was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on charges of breach of trust, criminal misappropriation and sundry offences before two high courts of the Federal Capital Territory between September and December last year.

The counsel claimed that following a not-guilty plea by his client, the two courts granted him bail and the conditions perfected by the appellant.

He further stated that no sooner had Dasuki perfected his bail conditions than the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) swooped in on him and abducted him at the Kuje Prison gate and have since kept him in detention without trial at an unknown location.

The letter reads in part: “The same government having breached his right to fair trial by not allowing him proceed on bail to have adequate time and facilities to prepare his defence, interfered with his constitutionally guaranteed presumption of innocence by continuing to detain him without trial and has insisted on several occasions to proceed with the charges afore described, knowing full well that the appellant has no access to documents with which he would wish to defend himself.”

“My lord, it is extremely crucial that these appeals are heard immediately or at least expeditiously. The appellant has been kept in unlawful detention by the same government that seeks to prosecute him for the offences disclosed above, despite valid orders of court granting him bail.”

“Whilst we appreciate the busy schedule of your esteemed office and indeed the Supreme Court, the circumstances described above compel the making of this application.”

“It is our humble prayer that these appeals be heard immediately after the Christmas vacation so that all the false hue and cry by government that the cases are being delayed by counsel or the client himself will be put to rest once and for all.”

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