Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
More than 48 hours after an Abuja high court ordered the immediate release of Col. Nicholas Ashinze, a former aide to the erstwhile National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), who has been in detention since December 23, 2015, the authorities are yet to comply with court order.
Justice Yusuf Haliru had last Monday ordered the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), and the Nigerian Army to immediately release him on self-recognition, saying his detention for over three months without trial, was “illegal, wrongful, unlawful and constituted a blatant violation of the fundamental rights of the applicant”.
However, a family source who spoke to our correspondent on Wednesday said both the EFCC and the Nigerian Army had been served with the court’s order but that they had yet to release him.
The source said the EFCC had told the family’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, that Ashinze was not in its custody.
He said that the Nigerian Army admitted he was in its custody and had been served with the court’s orders. ThisDay
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