Dasuki’s aide, Ashinze released from custody

Nicholas-Ashinze-696x522Colonel Nicholas Ashinze, the military aide to former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd) who has been in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Army over alleged complicity in the $2 billion arms deal was released yesterday.

In a statement made available to the media by Constitutional Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Mike Ozekhome, Ashinze, who has been incarcerated since December 23, 2015 was released from Mogadishu Military Cantonment by the military authorities.

The release came on the heel of an order made by Hon. Justice Halilu of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court No. 32, sitting at Jabi, Abuja in a fundamental rights case argued by Ashinze’s lawyer, Ozekhome.

Speaking on the development, Ozekhome hailed the judgment of the court and the subsequent release from custody of Ashinze as a great triumph for the rule of law, and the re-establishment of the sanctity and independence of the judiciary.

He said it was a clarion call on all investigating agencies to act within the confine of the rule of law and not see themselves as maximum dictators and tyrants who are above the law in their perceived fight against corruption.

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