By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has condemned the continued detention of the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki and the leader of Shi’ite Movement, Ibraheem El-Zakyzaky despite court orders which admitted them to bail.
The National President of the NBA, Mr. A.B Mahmoud, SAN, made the condemnation during a press briefing in Abuja to mark this year’s Democracy Day saying that such disobedience to court orders is uncalled for and does not show compliance to rule of law.
“The NBA is appalled at the continued detention of certain individuals in blatant disobedient to court orders. Among these individuals are Sheikh Ibrahim El Zakyzaky and his wife, and also Col. Sambo Dasuki.
While we recognize the seriousness of the charges in which individuals were held, we nevertheless viewed their continued detention as unjustified and contrary to the express court orders. We call on the government to without further delays respect theses orders”.
In the same light, the NBA further called for the termination of investigations against judges who were accused of corruption but have not been charged before the court since the past eight months.
“In the wake of the arrest and detention of certain judicial officers by the DSS, the NBA had taken the view that the judges affected should recluse themselves from judicial functions until the investigation and outcomes of those investigations were determined, we note that nearly eight months after those investigations were launched, some of the judges have not been prosecuted or charged before any court of law.”
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