The federal government has been called upon to obey court orders regarding the release of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.
This was contained in a statement issued in Sokoto by the Media Forum for Development (MEFODE) on Wednesday.
It stated: “Since his arrest, Dasuki has been held in detention since December 1, 2015 and after hey and cries, he was charged to court. Three courts in Abuja have, either by origination or appeal against certain actions by government, granted him bail in addition to the ECOWAS Court, which ordered for his release.”
“While the Forum supports President Buhari’s fight against corruption, an action that is supposedly intended to heighten Nigeria’s development in socio-economic and political strata. However, in fighting corruption, development of standards as well as the rule of law should be observed by the three arms of government,” Abdallah el-Kurebe, the interim National Coordinator of MEFODE said.
It added: “While we are not in any position to exonerate Dasuki of any allegation labelled against him, our belief in the judicial system and the rule of law has forced us to call on the Federal government to obey court orders in respect of his release. To our knowledge, there is no law or counter order(s) so far that justifies his current detention.”
The Forum stressed that the judiciary should be allowed to exercise its powers without undue interference by the executive arm of government.