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EFCC, Military release Dasuki’s aide

The Federal Government finally released Colonel Nicholas Ashinze, the former Military Assistant to Former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki by 2pm Wednesday afternoon.

Colonel Ashinge who had been under the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Military Authority has already reunited with his family.

He was received by a joyous mother, brothers and his children after he arrived home from months of detention.

Recall that the EFCC and the Military Authority had declined to effect the release of Colonel Ashinze, as at 10am Wednesday in defiance of the high court order of March 14, 2016 that directed his release.

A Judge of an Abuja High Court, sitting in Jabi Justice Yusuf Haliru had on March 14, 2016 ordered EFCC, and the Nigerian Army (NA), to release the serving Colonel Nicholas Ashinze who served as Military Assistant to former NSAs, Sambo Dasuki and Patrick Azazi.

Colonel Ashinze who was detained before resuming his new posting as Defence Attaché in Germany, has been in detention since December 23, 2015.‎ In his judgment, Justice Yusuf Haliru, had ordered the anti-graft agency and the army to immediately release the applicant 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.”

The court also ordered immediate release of documents and items the anti-graft agency seized from the house of the applicant.

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