Africa

Austrian sues Nigerian agency for illegal detention

An Austrian security consultant is suing Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged illegal detention.

Wolfgang Reinl asked the Abuja High Court on Wednesday for damages of about $10 million for his alleged detention from Dec. 28 to Feb. 5.

Commission lawyer Ibrahim Audu argued Reinl has no right to sue but was overruled by the judge, who adjourned the case.

Reinl was detained in connection with in a contract issued by Sambo Dasuki, the former national security adviser who was detained for allegedly diverting $2.1 billion meant to buy arms to fight Boko Haram extremists.

Dasuki's trial stalled Wednesday. Lawyer Wale Balogun said the Department of State Security has refused to produce him in court or allow his lawyers to see him since he was detained in December.