A SENIOR Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Alhaji Ahmed Raji yesterday counseled the federal government on the need to respect and obey the judgment of the Economic Community of West African States Court of Justice which on Tuesday ordered the release of former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki from detention. Dasuki who has been in the custody of the federal government since December last year got reprieve from the regional court which also imposed a fine of N15m on government for illegal and arbitrary detention of the applicant. But Raji who spoke with newsmen in Abuja said that Nigeria as a respected member of ECOWAS and the International Community is expected to honour its obligations to the protocols establishing the court by complying with its order. Raji explained that ECOWAS Court was not a domestic court, its sitting in Nigeria notwithstanding, adding that complying with the order of the court will further boost the confidence of the International Investors to invest in the country where the rule of law prevails. The SAN warned that should the federal government turn deaf ears to the regional court verdict, foreign investors would be wary of doing business with the country not to talk of coming down to establish business ventures. “I am appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to facilitate immediate compliance with the ECOWAS Court decision. I am also appealing to the Presidential aides especially the Chief Law Officer of the Federation Mallam Abubakar Malami SAN and the heads of the intelligence units to advise the President properly”. Besides, Raji also said that the allegation of non purchase of arms and ammunition against Dasuki had not been substantiated because the records were there that several towns and local governments were liberated from the Boko Harram in the North Eastern part of the country during Dasuki’s tenure. “In fact, records are there that some of the ammunitions being used by the current government were parts of those ordered during the regime of the former NSA according to information he made available to his legal team”. Answering a question, the counsel said that the Dasuki’s legal team does not need to serve copies of the ECOWAS Court judgment on the federal government before the verdict can be obeyed since the government was adequately represented throughout the proceedings.

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