But the Senior Advocate of Nigeria explained that the order made by the ECOWAS Court should, however, not be viewed as exonerating Dasuki of the charges preferred against him.
Falana said, “With respect to the substantive relief, the ECOWAS Court held that the detention of Col. Dasuki without a court order could not be justified under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.
“Consequently, the court ordered the release of the applicant and the payment of N15m damages to him as reparation for the infringement of his rights.
“In reporting the judgment of the ECOWAS Court, the media conveyed the impression that that the Federal Government has been ordered to release the plaintiff unconditionally from further detention.
“Contrary to such misleading impression, the ECOWAS Court has not discharged and acquitted Col. Dasuki in respect to the criminal charges pending against him in the Nigerian courts. All that the court said was that the suspect be allowed to enjoy his human right to liberty within the context of the bail granted him by the trial courts.”