- Abubakar Malami, SAN, has explained the reason for the release of a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and activist, Omoyele Sowore
- The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice said the duo was released on compassionate grounds
- The AGF stressed that Dasuki and Sowore can now enjoy bail based on the merit of their individual cases
The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, has explained that the release of a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and activist, Omoyele Sowore, from detention was due to the federal government's compassion for the duo.
According to him, the reason for the release of Dasuki and Sowore owes also to the commitment to the rule of law, obedience to court orders.
He stated that both men had multiple options after the court ruling, either to appeal or review the order.
“The only reasons for the release of Omoyele Sowore and Sambo Dasuki revolved around our commitment to the rule of law, obedience to court orders and compassionate grounds.
“It is important to understand the fact that as far as the law is concerned and in relation to the Nigerian justice system, one has multiple options after a court has ruled on a matter,” Malami was quoted as saying in a statement sent to journalists on Friday, December 27 by his spokesman, Dr Umar Gwandu.
Malami also denied reports that his office received any formal communication from any American senator on the matter, stating that it was not due to any domestic or international pressure on the federal government.
He maintained that the Buhari government has the right to keep detaining the suspects while challenging the order admitting them to bail up to the apex court.
“Even if we received any communication from them that will never be the basis on the part of the federal government to obey or disobey court orders emanating from Nigeria,” he added.
The AGF stressed that Dasuki and Sowore can now enjoy bail based on the merit of their individual cases.
“They were charged based on their individual cases, taken to court, granted bail and now have been released.
“All the individuals involved were treated fairly and justly; they were taken to court, enjoyed the court’s favourable discretion and they were all released,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Ekiti state governor Dr Kayode Fayemi has commended President Buhari for the release of Dasuki and Sowore from detention.
The governor said President Buhari’s intervention has once again proven that he is a stickler for due process and an apostle of the rule of law.
In a statement sent to journalists by his spokesman, Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi described the president’s gesture, which came on the Christmas Eve, as a good Christmas gift for the duo, their families and associates as well as a soothing balm for the country.
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