The family of the detained former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), has petitioned the Nigerian Bar Association and other bodies requesting that disciplinary action should be taken against the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), for allegedly endorsing Dasuki’s continued detention.
The petition was sparked by Malami’s recent media comment suggesting that Dasuki, despite meeting the fresh bail conditions granted him by the Federal High Court in Abuja on July 2, 2018, would not be released from the custody of the Department of State Services on the grounds of national security.
Separate copies of the petition were sent to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (the body that confers on, suspends and withdraws from lawyers, the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria), and the Legal Practitioners’ Disciplinary Committee (the body saddled with disciplining lawyers for acts of misconduct).
The petitioners want Malami to be disciplined not just as a lawyer but also as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja had in her judgment delivered on July 2, 2018 judgment granted bail to the ex-NSA in the sum of N200m with two sureties in like sum.
The court’s judgment, which described Dasuki’s detention since December 29, 2015, as illegal, was specifically directed against the AGF, the DSS and its director-general, who were the defendants to the suit.