Justice Tinuade Akomolafe of Court of Appeal in Abuja has ordered the release of former National Security Adviser Colonel Sambo Dasuki.
Dasuki has been in the custody of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) since December 29, 2015, and the appeal court described it as illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional and ordered his release on conditional bail.
The appellate court held that the DSS and its Director General acted outside their constitutional powers on the long period of the detention of a Nigerian citizen and imposed a fine of N5m on them to be paid to Colonel Dasuki as compensation for breach of his fundamental right.
The court held that the fundamental right of the ex NSA had been brazenly breached by the prolonged detention without trial in any fresh charge or investigation contrary to the provisions of the 1999 constitution.
Dasuki was subsequently admitted to bail in the sum of N100m and two sureties in the like sum.