The embattled former security adviser, Sambo Dasuki has achieved a legal victory over the Federal Government after a regional court agreed to hear a case he brought against what he says is his unlawful detention.
The court of the West African regional bloc Ecowas rejected the government’s objections to it hearing the case, at a sitting in Abuja.
“In our opinion, what Dasuki brought before us as a case is an issue for the enforcement of his fundamental rights to liberty.” said Judge Friday Chijoke Nwoke, AFP reports.
Mr Dasuki, on trial in Nigeria for fraud in connection with the alleged looting of millions of dollars from arms contracts, has been detained since December despite being granted bail.
He has denied any wrongdoing.
He was former President Goodluck Jonathan’s security adviser, and is the most high-profile member of his administration to be charged since former military ruler Mohammadu Buhari took power in elections almost a year ago with a pledge to fight corruption.