Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki has sued the Federal Government for N500 million.
Dasuki filed the case at the ECOWAS Court in Abuja and is demanding the money as damages for an alleged infringement of his rights by the FG, Daily Sun reports.
The suit was reportedly instituted by the former NSA’s lawyer, Robert Emukpoeruo.
Dasuki is urging the court to declare that his continued detention despite orders for bail granted him by three courts is an “unlawful, arbitrary and egregious violation” of his human rights.
He also wants the court to declare that the invasion of his home and correspondence on July 16 and 17, 2015 and the “forceful and unlawful seizure” of his properties, “without any lawful order or warrant” constitutes a gross violation of his fundamental rights.
Dasuki is at the center of a massive money laundering investigation and is alleged to have supervised the looting of $2.1 billion in funds which were meant for the procurement of arms for Nigeria’s military.
He was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on December 1, 2015 and handed over to the EFCC the day after.
The former NSA is reported to have implicated several prominent persons in the deal including former governors, ex-ministers and members of the PDP.
Dasuki’s lawyer however denied the report that his client had become an informant while the former NSA said that ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan was aware of the transactions he had made.
Jonathan has however denied authorizing the release of the stated funds despite the former NSA’s claim that he got the necessary presidential approval for the transactions.
Dasuki was released on bail from Kuje Prison in December 2015 but was soon re-arrested by the DSS.