- The UK acting high commissioner in Nigeria, Gill Atkinson, has reacted to the release of Omoyele Sowore and Sambo Dasuki
- Atkinson commended the federal government for freeing them from detention
- The commissioner said he hoped that they will spend the festive season with their families
The government of the United Kingdom has commended the federal government for releasing former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and #RevolutionNow convener, Omoyele Sowore.
The commendation was contained in a message from its acting high commissioner in Nigeria, Gill Atkinson.
In the message on the Twitter handle of the UK in Nigeria, Atkinson said their release was a welcome development.
"Hope they get to spend Christmas with loved ones," he added.
The acting high commissioner hailed the Nigerian government for allowing the rule of law to be upheld.
Reacting to Atkinson's message, some dragged the federal government, saying it did not ensure the rule of law was upheld but chose to release them at their convenience.
The minister of justice and attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, ordered their release on Tuesday, December 24. He said the decision to release them was in compliance with the bail granted them by the court.
A video showed the moment Dasuki walked into his home after four years in detention. There were screams of joy from his family members.
Dasuki who has been accused of using his former office to divert $2.1 billion meant for arms procurement has been in detention since 2015.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party has downplayed their release saying there is nothing exciting about it.
Legit.ng reported that the national publicity secretary of the main opposition party, Kola Ologbodiyan, said: "What is exciting about the directive to release these people? Has this changed their penchant for disobedience of court orders and the rule of law? This government has shown to the world that it is only interested in doing things its own ways regardless of the place of law and democratic order."
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