Hearing Date on Dasuki’s Suit against Buhari Government Fixed

Hearing of a suit on threat to life filed against the Nigerian Government by the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki will begin on Friday November 13, 2015 at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Dasuki, who has been placed under house arrest in the last one week by operatives of the Department of the State Service (DSS), is seeking enforcement of his fundamental human rights to dignity and security of his life.

The case, which was filed on Monday by his lawyer, Ahmad Raji (SAN), has the notice indicating that the matter would be heard this Friday, and has been issued to parties in the matter by the court.

In the suit, the ex-NSA is asking the court for a mandatory order compelling the Federal Government and its agents especially the operatives of the State Security Service (DSSS) to vacate his house located at 13, John Kadiya Street, Asokoro with immediate effect.

 

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Though the case was filed on Monday, hearing notice indicating that the matter would be heard Friday has been issued to parties in the matter by the court.

 

In a motion on notice filed pursuant to section 36(5) 37 and 41 of the 1999 constitution and sections 1(1) and (2) and 266 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, the ex-NSA also sought an order of the court extending the November 3 order permitting him to travel abroad for treatment.

The motion on notice was premised on five grounds including the request to enforce the three-week permission granted him by the court on November 3 to keep a re-rescheduled medical appointment with his physician abroad.

He claimed that the Federal Government acting through the operatives of the SSS and other security agencies have frustrated the order by barricading his apartment since the permission was granted.

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Mr. Dasuki further asked the court to dispose with his appearance in court for the purpose of this application because of the alleged constant threats to his life from the security agencies.

In a 13-paragraph affidavit in support of the motion, Mr. Dasuki claimed that following the order of November 3 permitting him to go abroad for medical attention, he immediately purchased his travel ticket and boarding pass issued to him to accomplish the trip.

He said shortly after, operatives of the SSS acting on behalf of the Federal Government, stormed and barricaded his house at Asokoro in brazen defiance of the court order and prevented him from traveling out.

Mr. Dasuki asserted that the siege on his house ought to be immediately removed and that as a result of the aggression of the Federal Government, his life has been under constant threat.

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