By Bartholomew Madukwe
SOME senior lawyers yesterday, commended the verdict of an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, directing the Federal government to release former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), from detention.
Those, who welcomed the judgement include former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN; constitutional lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN; Chief Adekunle Oyesanya, SAN; President of Aka Ikenga, Chief Goddy Uwazurikea; and human rights lawyer, Chief Morah Ekwunoh
Agbakoba said: “The decision of the ECOWAS Court to release Dasuki from unlawful detention, signals the need for Government of Nigeria to not only respect fundamental rights of Nigerians, but to promote the anti-corruption project within the context of the rule of law.”
In his remarks, Chief Ozekhome described the ECOWAS judgement as “a refreshing and invigorating air of freedom from the present suffocating air and environment of tyranny, absolutism, fascism, despotism and executive rascality.”
On his part, Chief Oyesanya said: “On the face of the judgement, it appears that the ECOWAS court has done what it was designed to do, to give succour to individuals whose fundamental rights are infringed upon by government.”
President of Aka Ikenga, Chief Goddy Uwazurike, said: “It is not just inhuman but it is satanic to sit in the comfort of our home and determine who has freedom, who breathes or even who lives. It is gratifying that this court has responded to the cry of a man who is detained for security reason.”
Another legal practitioner, Chief Ekwunoh said: “The judgement under reference is salutary in all material particulars, it being in strict tandem with plethora orders by judges in the Nigerian judicial architecture for his release, which orders were treated with utmost levity and disregard, to the embarrassment of not only the Nigerian judiciary, but to Nigeria in the eyes of the international community.”