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Release Sambo Dasuki now, former NSA’s family tells Buhari

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Ibrahim Sha’aban
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki Progressive Association, SIDPA, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to respect the rule of law in the case of their son, brother and cousin and the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki to release him from detention.

A statement signed by the Secretary General of the association, Kabir T. Auwal, said Dasuki’s family have deliberately remained silence on his ordeals and persecution, hoping in a democratic government, rule of law would be adhered to.

“But surprisingly in over two years, Sambo Dasuki has been unlawfully and illegal detained without any court order or warrant.

“He has been subjected to media trial, scandalized, criminalized, insulted and humiliated not through any court of justice but from the propaganda of the current administration through media trials of falsehood,” the group lamented.

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The association recalled that it had been two years since the former National Security Adviser was arrested and re-arrested in December 2015 after securing his bail condition but ignored by the Federal Government.

They further noted since his incarceration, Dasuki has been arraigned before four federal courts which granted him bail, “while the ECOWAS court not only ordered that the FG release him immediately but also order his compensation to the tune of N15 million.

“The agents of the Federal Government, especially Department of State Service (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have refused to obey any of the court orders.

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“We are all living witnesses to the fact that some suspects on grievous charges of treasonable offence were released by this same government after clamour and outburst by their people.

“In Dasuki’s case, whose offences are all bailable and granted by the court, he was not allowed to enjoy his bail.

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“The disregard by the government agencies of these orders could not be without the express approval of President Buhari which is most painful.

“The judiciary should be encouraged to have the courage to exercise its powers without undue interference by the executive arm,” they emphasized.

The group therefore called on the Federal Government to release Dasuki on bail in compliance with the rulings of courts, while it continues with the cases in open court rather than in secret or media trial.

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“Since we are not in a military junta but a democracy, Nigeria’s constitution should not be turned to Military decrees with which rights of citizens are trampled upon without question.

“We strongly call on the ‎Federal Government to respect rule of law and allow Sambo Dasuki to enjoy his bails, except if the intention of government is to kill him in detention,” they stated.

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