Sambo Dasuki, erstwhile National Security Adviser (NSA), has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to invite some Senior Advocates of Nigeria to address the issue of his prolonged detention.
Among the SANs are Paul Usoro, Nigerian Bar Association; Wole Olanipekun, Olisa Agbakoba, his predecessors; Femi Falana; Konyisola Ajayi, a professor of Law; and Onyechi Ikpeazu.
“I know as a fact that the above enumerated amici curiae (friends of the court) have been listed because they are major legal giants and stakeholders in the legal profession,” Dasuki stated in the supporting affidavit he filed along with his fresh application on January 8, 2019.
He stated that his continued detention was a violation of court orders which had ordered his release. He added that the violation had far-reaching implications on criminal proceedings, the viability of the Nigerian Constitution and the authority of the bench in the country.
Dasuki also accused Abuabakr Maami, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, of not doing anything about the violation.
The application was filed on January 8, 2019 to back his broader contention that the AGF and the Federal Government, in general, should not be allowed to continue to prosecute him without complying with the court orders directing that he be released from custody.
The fresh application specifically requests the judge to invite the senior lawyers as amici curiae to make contributions during the hearing of Dasuki’s earlier application filed on December 11, 2018.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed had adjourned till Wednesday for the hearing of the said application. But the defence team led by Adedipe on Wednesday said they were compelled to file the fresh application due to the “far-reaching” implications of his client’s continued detention.
Justice Mohammed has adjourned hearing of the defendant’s fresh application till January 29.