Politics: 3 major times President Buhari has disobeyed court orders

3 major times President Buhari has disobeyed court orders

The disobedience and disrespect for the rule of law, Priti Patel, a former secretary of state for International Development, says makes investors wary of investing in Nigeria.

The international community is wary of Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari's government for flouting court orders and alleged disobedience to the rules of law.

The disobedience and disrespect for the rule of law, Priti Patel, a former secretary of state for International Development, says makes investors wary of investing in Nigeria.

Patel's opinion came a week after the Nigerian finance minister, Zainab Ahmed and other officials visited London to promote the country’s $2.8 billion Eurobond.

In a newspaper article, she argued that for Nigeria to attract international investment and grow its ease of doing business, President Muhammadu Buhari must seriously tackle corruption, “rather than use it as a smokescreen.”

Here are some of the court cases:

Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) contract agreement with FG

 

Among Patel's sentiment on the Nigerian government’s inability to respect to court orders is a case between P&ID and the government of Nigeria.

The British firm had sued the government after President Buhari cancelled a compensation settlement for the company years after the government reneged on its contractual commitments.

In June, a US District Court in Washington D.C. affirmed a $6.59 billion arbitral award, plus $2.30 billion interest, against Nigeria in the case, according to a report by Premium Times, an online news newspaper.

However, the court, through the office of the Solicitor-General of the federation, said the decision of the court was a ‘default entry’ and not a judgement. The government also argued that the court lacks constitutional powers to institute such an order against a sovereign state like Nigeria.

Garba Shehu, media aide to the Nigerian leader described Patel’s claims as one lacking in substance and devoid of facts.

Prolonged detention of Islamic Movement of Nigeria leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

 

In 2016, a Nigerian court had ordered the government to set the Shiite leader, Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife, Malama Zeenat Ibrahim, free.

Till date, the government has refused to release the Shiite leader maintaining that setting Zakzaky free will be too dangerous for the Nigerian State.

The Islamic leader and his wife have been in the State Security custody since December 2015 following an altercation between members of the Nigerian Army and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria, Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.

Former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki’s human rights vs Govt’s perceived ‘public good’

 

Despite local and West African court orders granting a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki bail, the government has refused to release him.

As far back as 2016, the Court of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, declared the arrest and detention of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, unlawful and arbitrary.

But Nigeria's attorney general, Abubakar Malami, argued that Dasuki’s personal right to regain freedom can be violated for the larger “public good.”

Dasuki was picked up by operatives of the State Security Service in December 2015. He was accused of illegal possession of firearms and diversion of $2.1 billion from the arms deal contract.

Source: BUSINESS INSIDER

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