Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct the Department of State Services, DSS, to comply with the order of the ECOWAS Court and release detained Col Sambo Dasuki (retd), ex-National Security Adviser, on bail without further delay.
According to Falana, the continued violation of human rights of Nigerians by the federal government recently resulted in the United States of America banning the Buhari administration from purchasing war planes and other fighter aircraft to prosecute the war on terror in the North East.
In a statement, titled, Why FG Should Release Col Dasuki on Bail, Falana said, while the ban on sale of war planes might be questioned, in view of global fight against terrorism, the federal government should release all political detainees from custody and stop the Police and other security agencies from infringing on the rights of Nigerians.
Recalling that it was General Buhari who promulgated decree no 2 of 1984 to justify the detention of so called political extremists and other subversive elements, Falana said it was under the powers of the decree that former Military President, Babangida, got Buhari arrested and detained.
The statement read: “Under the defunct military junta in Nigeria the Constitution was suspended while fundamental rights were put in abeyance.
To justify the detention of the so called political extremists and other subversive elements the Buhari/Idiagbon junta promulgated the State Security (Detention of Persons) Decree no 2 of 1984.
“My colleagues and I in the human rights community were regularly detained under the preventive detention decree.
But despite the draconian decree the courts never hesitated to order the release of several persons whose detention was patently illegal.