The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has announced that it will rule on whether it has the jurisdiction to entertain a case brought before it by the immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, on Monday, April 11.
The court made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday following a case, with the suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/01/16, which was brought before it by the ex-NSA on November 5, 2015, against the federal government.
The statement said that the court’s decision to rule on the case followed a preliminary objection by the counsel to the defendant, T.A. Gadzali.
In the objection raised, Mr. Gadzali urged the court not to hear the substantive suit filed by the applicant as the subject of the suit was based on contempt of the order of Nigerian courts.
Gadzali also said that the only remedy was for the plaintiff to return to the country’s court to commit the government for contempt.
The counsel to the defendant argued that a similar case was already pending before a Nigerian court and could not therefore be entertained by the ECOWAS Court.
In response, counsel to the plaintiff, Robert Emukpoeruo, stated that a suit could not only be filed before the ECOWAS court if it were pending before an international court.
Dasuki was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly mismanaging $2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms for the Nigerian Army fighting insurgents in the North-East.
Mr Dasuki became the cynosural actor in the ongoing crusade against corruption by the President Muhammadu Buhari led government.
Since the commissioning of the Armsgate or Dasukigate by the Anti-graft agency, some of the country’s biggest fishes have been caught in the anti-corruption net.