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Dasuki: Ex-AGF, Malami To Face Lawyers’ Disciplinary Committee On Friday



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For his claim that the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki would not be released from detention irrespective of court orders, the immediate past Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Alhaji Abubakar Malami will next Friday face the Disciplinary Panel of the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee.

The body is responsible for sanctioning lawyers in breach of the ethics of the profession.

PRNigeria, a quasi government media platform reported on Sunday that the summons to Malami followed a petition to the committee by the wife and son of the detained former NSA.

Dasuki has been held in detention for four years despite multiple court orders for his bail.

Malami is being investigated for the claim credited to him on a Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service broadcast on July 13, 2018 in which he was quoted that Dasuki would not be released despite all subsisting court orders for his release on bails.


In the audio recording of the interview he granted VOA, Malami had accused Dasuki of being responsible for the deaths of over 100,000 Nigerians during Jonathan’s era.
In the interview, Malami had said; “Remember, we are talking about a person who was instrumental to the deaths of over 100,000 people. Are you saying that the rights of one person are more important than that of 100,000 who lost their lives?”

The Dasuki’s family had petitioned the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) praying for an investigation and sanction of the minister over what they described as his unprofessional conducts and utter disregards to the rule of law likely to cause anarchy in the country through his promotion of disobedience to the lawful order of court by the Federal Government. 
The petition signed by his wife, Hajia Bintu Sambo Dasuki; his son, Abubakar Atiku Dasuki and his nephew, Senator Umar Dahiru explained how the ordeal of Dasuki started when Buhari’s government came on board with unlawful invasion of his houses in Abuja and Sokoto during which his vital properties including vehicles were carted away by the operatives of the Department of State Security Service (DSS). 

The petition also chronicled how Dasuki was arraigned before four different High Courts and was granted bail all the judges claiming that the charges were bailable offences under the Nigerian law. They also added that the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) declared the detention of Dasuki as  unlawful, null and void and subsequently ordered his immediate release in addition to imposing a fine of N15m on the Federal Government as compensation for the breach of Dasuki’s fundamental rights. 

The family regretted that up till date, none of the orders of the high courts and the international court were obeyed by the Federal Government. The petition noted the latest judgment of Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on the Federal High Court which on July 2, 2018 admitted Dasuki to bail upon a discovery that his detention was a breach of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that of the fundamental right of the Ex-NSA. 

The Dasuki’s family claimed that upon meeting the bail condition, the warrant of release of Dasuki on bail signed by the Court was served on the Director General of DSS and the Attorney General for their compliance with the order of the court. 
The family, however, informed the NBA in the petition that rather than complying with the order of the court, the AGF as the Chief Law Officer of the Federation made unsalutory and unprofessional remarks that the order of the court as relates to Dasuki would not be obeyed by the Federal Government.

The family wondered whether a lawyer let alone a Senior Advocate of Nigeria ought to have engaged in such an unprofessional utterance that are capable of causing anarchy for the nation. 

The NBA was prayed to invoke laws on Code of Ethics on professional code of ethics against Mallami, investigate him and impose deserved disciplinary sanctions against him in order to safeguard the rule of law for the country. 

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