Delaying Sowore, Dasuki’s release, was not disobedience to the rule of law – Presidency


The Nigerian government has prove claims that it has compromised the rule of law by delaying the release of Sahara Reporters funder ’Omoyele Sowore’ and former National Security Adviser (NSA) ’Sambo Dasuki’ months and years after court orders as wrong.

Presidential media aide Garba Shehu, said that the government is not compromising anything,  at an interview on Channels Television programme, Politics Today.

The decision to keep them in detention was strongly founded in the law.

Sowore and Dasuki were separately held in detention by the Nigerian government’s Department of State Service (DSS) despite court orders granting them bail.

Remember that Dasuki, was the national security adviser during the regime of Nigerian ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan and he was was in detention for over four years despite four court orders, including an ECOWAS court granting him bail.

Dasuki is being tried for alleged misappropriation arms funds while in government.

In July 2019, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, declared that the continued detention of Dasuki by the DSS was illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.

Sowore, on the other hand, was arrested by DSS operatives on Saturday, August 3 after calling for a nationwide protest tagged #RevolutionNow.

However, the Nigerian government said that Sowore was plotting to overthrow Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s President and charged him with treasonable felony, money laundering and terrorism.

Sowore spent 124-days in DSS detention before he was later released on Thursday, December 5th and rearrested him on Friday, December 6th without any court order.

Amidst calls and protest for their release and others in continued detention by Nigerians and the international community, the Nigerian Government on Tuesday ordered their release on Tuesday, December 24.

Despite their release, the Nigerian government still got knocks from some section of the country and opposition for not promptly obeying the court orders.

But, Shehu posited that the claims were incorrect, saying that the government has done nothing extra-judicial in holding them in detention.

“In a situation where the fundamental right of an individual is a threat to that of the larger society, the right of the individuals have to be sacrificed,” Shehu said.

He said their eventual release was because the government “wants to set an important example of obedience to the law that even when you disagree with what the court says you should do.”

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