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Criminalising Fulani Herdsmen Is Fishing For Trouble – Lauretta Onochie
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Criminalising Fulani Herdsmen Is Fishing For Trouble – Lauretta Onochie

Lauretta Onochie, Senior Special Assistant on Social Media to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has said every tribe in the country has bad eggs. She also claimed that many critics of the Buhari regime were driven by hate and bitterness and were, therefore, wont to accuse Fulani herdsmen of every heinous act perpetrated by criminals, adding that such commentators were fishing for trouble. In a string of tweets on Monday, the President’s aide said all crimes committed in non-Fulani host communities were attributed to guest -herders- who are of the same tribe as Buhari. Onochie was reacting to statements made by a human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), on the eviction order issued by Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, that herdsmen should leave the stat...
Why Family Members Of Lekki Victims Are Afraid To Speak – Falana
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Why Family Members Of Lekki Victims Are Afraid To Speak – Falana

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says family members of those affected by the shooting at Lekki toll gate have refused to speak about the incident “because of the environment under which we operate”. The senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who said the military is “known for lies and deception”, said there must be justice for the victims of Lekki shooting. He spoke at a virtual #EndSARS meeting organised by Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, on Wednesday. Narrating how the Nigerian Army “covered up” the reported killing of 347 Shi’ites in Zaria, Kaduna state, in 2015, Falana said the Lekki incident must not be swept under the carpet. Soldiers had reportedly opened fire on the Shi’ites during a procession at a time the convoy of Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff,...
Lekki: ASCAB Identified The Barracks Of Soldiers Who Shot Protesters – Falana
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Lekki: ASCAB Identified The Barracks Of Soldiers Who Shot Protesters – Falana

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 And Beyond (ASCAB) has identified the barracks of the soldiers who opened fire on protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos. On Tuesday, soldiers opened fire on the protesters who blocked the toll gate while demanding an end to police brutality. The issue sparked an outrage across the globe. Speaking when he featured on ARISE TV on Monday, Falana, who is chairman of ASCAB, said the group has been able to trace the barracks where the soldiers came from. “We have already identified the barracks where the soldiers left for Lekki, we have already identified the barracks,” Falana said. “The President was likely to have been told, soldiers were ordered so I want to believe that’s why it was not addressed and ...
Hoarding Palliatives Is A Crime Against Humanity – Femi Falana
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Hoarding Palliatives Is A Crime Against Humanity – Femi Falana

Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has appealed to state governors still ‘hoarding’ COVID-19 palliatives at different warehouses in the country to distribute the relief items to citizens immediately. The rights lawyer described as crime against humanity, the alleged ‘hoarding’ of the food items donated to states by the Private Sector Coalition Against Covid-19 also known as CACOVID. He made this known on Monday in an interview with Arise TV monitored by The PUNCH. Falana said, “It is almost like a crime against humanity just as some public officers have diverted money meant for providing palliatives for internally displaced persons. “I mean you ask yourself, what level of stealing is this? And so, this is why we are worried that the members of the ruling class in Niger...
Thugs During Election, Hoodlums When They Turn Against You – Femi Falana
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Thugs During Election, Hoodlums When They Turn Against You – Femi Falana

Popular Nigerian Lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has blasted Nigerian politicians over the recent happening in the country. During an interview with Arise Tv, Femi fumed at how quickly the narrative is changing due to the ongoing looting spree in the country blasting Nigerian Politicians, saying they call thugs 'Area Boys' during elections but have now rebranded the name to 'Hoodlums' now that they have turned against them. Watch the explosive interview below https://youtu.be/hAahmgmO1Vg
Folake Falana writes letter to Governor Sanwo Olu, demands list of dismissed officers in Lagos
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Folake Falana writes letter to Governor Sanwo Olu, demands list of dismissed officers in Lagos

Entertainment lawyer, Folake Falana, has written a letter to Governor Sanwo Olu demanding a compilation list of dismissed officers in Lagos state amid the ongoing #EndSARS protests. This comes after 37 former members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad were reportedly listed for dismissal from the Nigeria Police with 24 others recommended for prosecution   In the letter, Folake, the sister of rapper Falz and daughter of human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, said the level of distrust against the current administration means there is a need to take extra measures in presenting the police reforms.   She suggested that a list of dismissed police officers showing their details including their divisions, the officer identification numbers, offences they were dis...
Falana Drags FG, Kano To African Commission Over Death Sentence On Singer, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu
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Falana Drags FG, Kano To African Commission Over Death Sentence On Singer, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu

Human Rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Femi Falana, has petitioned the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, Gambia, over the death sentence on Kano singer Sharif Yahya Sharif. Falana, in the petition dated September 8, 2020, sought from the Commission to exercise its mandates and authority under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and pursuant to the commission’s order 100(1) of the commission’s Rules of Procedure, 2020. Recall that on August 10, 2020, the Upper Sharia Court sitting in Kano, Kano State convicted Sharif Yahaya Sharif of blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed, PBUH, and sentenced him to death by hanging contrary. The petition, reads in part: “Our communication details multiple violations of his right to life and fair ...
Osinbajo, Falana Okay Journalists’ Coverage Of Virtual Court Hearings
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Osinbajo, Falana Okay Journalists’ Coverage Of Virtual Court Hearings

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) have thrown their weight behind coverage of virtual court proceedings by journalists. The eminent lawyers said since section 36 of the 1999 Constitution provides that court sittings must be in public, journalists participating in covering virtual sittings would help to project information to the world, thereby reducing corruption. They spoke at a zoom conference titled “Media coverage of virtual court proceedings: prospects and challenges” organized by an online news platform, Gavel International. In his keynote address, Osinbajo said reporting of court proceedings was a crucial exercise of the right to fair hearing. According to him, that right would ...
Garba Shehu’s memory has failed him, we rejected the request for Sowore to beg Buhari – Falana
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Garba Shehu’s memory has failed him, we rejected the request for Sowore to beg Buhari – Falana

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and counsel to Omoyele Sowore, has fired back at presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu for saying his client lied about the mission of a delegation led by the late Ismaila Isa Funtua, an ally of the president who visited him while in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).   Falana who accused Shehu of attempting to distort the proceedings of the meetings, recalled how he and other patriots teamed up in 2006 to campaign for the release of Shehu, who was the spokesperson of former Vice-President Atiku Abukakar at that time.   According to him, the presidential spokesperson was detained by the DSS State and charged with the offence of  “obtaining, reproducing and keeping classified material” in contravention of ...
Soldiers Can’t Be Deployed To Enforce Lockdown – Falana
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Soldiers Can’t Be Deployed To Enforce Lockdown – Falana

Human Rights Activist, Femi Falana has stated that it is illegal for soldiers to be deployed to enforce the lockdown order issued by President Buhari. Falana asked the federal government to reconsider deploying troops to enforce the order, as it is up to the police to protect “our nascent democracy” and not the military. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria who stated that such acts might make Nigeria’s democracy wittingly or unwittingly militarized, urged the military to focus on the ongoing war against insurgents in the North-East. The statement reads; “Following the national broadcast of President Buhari on the COVID-19 pandemic, some lawyers have questioned the constitutional validity of the restriction of locomotion of people in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states. No doubt, the Pr...
Sanusi’s Dethronement and Banishment is Illegal – Femi Falana
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Sanusi’s Dethronement and Banishment is Illegal – Femi Falana

Human right activist, Femi Falana has stated that the dethronement of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano and subsequent banishment is illegal. Speaking on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Tuesday March 10, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said the emir was dethroned without being given any opportunity to defend himself. Falana said; “The dethronement, the Banishment and restriction of movement and detention are all clearly illegal. “In the first place, the governor held an Executive Council meeting presided over by him and within a space of five minutes, the emir had been accused of executing disrespect to constituted authority, meaning the governor and in the meeting presided over by the governor where he was the accuser, the prosecutor and the witness. “As if ...
Kidnapped Nigerians Who Paid Ransom Can Demand Refund From FG – Falana
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Kidnapped Nigerians Who Paid Ransom Can Demand Refund From FG – Falana

Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, Wednesday, called on Nigerians paying a ransom to secure freedom for their abducted loved ones to feel free to approach the courts to compel the federal government to refund same because, in his words, “the responsibility for protecting lives and properties lies squarely with the government.” Falana disclosed this yesterday at the 18th Anti-Corruption Situation Room, ACSR, organized by the HEDA Resource Centre in partnership with the McArthur Foundation. The senior advocate who was the keynote speaker at the event also flayed anti-graft agencies in the land for what he called the selective prosecution of corrupt cases; a development he stressed, makes winning the fight against corruption difficult. Falana said: “If a family pays a ransom to secu...
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Presidency Has no Power to to Stop Peaceful Protests – Falana

Human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has stated that the Presidency has no power to stop peaceful protests following its warning to "a section of the political class against misleading the public and inciting protests against the heads of military institutions." Reacting to the Presidency's statement of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) hiring 2,000 people to stage a protest against service chiefs on Monday February 17, Falana appealed to the Nigeria Police Force against "harassing" Nigerians protesting against insecurity across the country. The lawyer also recalled how APC leaders including President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief John Oyegun, Dr Sylvester Onu and Mr Rotimi Amaechi participated in a protest against insecurity held in Abuja on November 20,...
Zulum’s Reward Of Igbo Teacher Indictment On Divisive Politicians – Falana
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Zulum’s Reward Of Igbo Teacher Indictment On Divisive Politicians – Falana

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the recent act of kindness by Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno state, is an indictment on those who categorise victims of Boko Haram insurgents along religious lines. Zulum visited Shehu Sanda Kyarimi 2 primary school around 6:30 am on Friday where he met Obiageli Mazi, a class teacher. Impressed by her dedication to work, the governor commended and rewarded her with a cash gift of N100,000 cash. He also recommended her for promotion, and in less than 24 hours, the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) announced her promotion to assistant headmistress. In a statement issued on Sunday, Falana commended Zulum for rewarding Mazi irrespective of her religion and ethnicity. “No doubt, governor Zulum deserves commendation for rewarding...
Pay Off Elected Chairmen Or Let Them Serve Their Tenure – Falana To Seyi Makinde
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Pay Off Elected Chairmen Or Let Them Serve Their Tenure – Falana To Seyi Makinde

Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana waded into the local government crisis in Oyo State, on Monday, urging Governor Seyi Makinde to either allow the sacked elected Chairmen to serve out their tenure or pay them off if they won’t be allowed to complete their tenure. Falana who held that caretaker chairmen were unknown to the nation’s constitution, charged Makinde to rather speed up the process of conducting a local government election in the state. These were some of Falana’s remarks during the maiden edition of Emeritus Professor Muyiwa Awe Annual Memorial Lecture, held at the University of Ibadan, on Monday. Responding to journalists on way out of the local government crisis in Oyo State, Falana said: “The governor will have to speed up election of Local Government officials bec...
Falana Reveals What Ihedioha And PDP Should Do To Win Back Imo State
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Falana Reveals What Ihedioha And PDP Should Do To Win Back Imo State

Human rights lawyer and activist, Femi Falana, SAN, during an interview with newsmen in Lagos on Monday said that if members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are not satisfied with the ruling of the apex court removing Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo State, they could go back to the apex court and ask it to take another look at the judgment, adding that protests is not the solution. Falana was reacting to the protests rocking the South-East and the Federal Capital Territory. He said rather than protesting against the judgment on the streets, the party could go back to the supreme Court if they so wish. However, as supporters of the PDP continue to protest against the judgment of the Supreme Court removing Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo State, a truck conveying protester...
Amotekun Not Unconstitutional, Falana Tackles Malami
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Amotekun Not Unconstitutional, Falana Tackles Malami

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has differed with the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), on the legality of the southwestern states’ joint security outfit, code-named ‘Amotekun’. Barely a week after the five South-West governors jointly inaugurated Amotekun for the security of the zone, the AGF, on Tuesday, issued a statement, declared the security out illegal and unconstitutional. Falana spoke in Lagos on Wednesday at the 16th Annual Gani Fawehinmi Lecture, with the theme, “Federalism and the Judiciary in Nigeria”. Falana, who was the programme moderator, described Malami’s position on Amotekun as discriminatory, noting that northern states were operating similar security outfits such as Hisbah and the Civilian Joint Task Force. Falana sa...
Deji Adeyanju All Smiles As He Meets With Falana And Sowore After Treatment Abroad
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Deji Adeyanju All Smiles As He Meets With Falana And Sowore After Treatment Abroad

Deji Adeyanju is back to Nigeria after he flew to Dubai for medical treatment. Recall the activist was attacked during a protest in Abuja and sustained various injuries. Deji announced his return this afternoon on Twitter -- a social media site he mostly uses to pass his messages across to Nigerians. He simply wrote; ''Good to be back. Aluta continua ✊'' Then in another tweet, he shared photos of himself, with respected lawyer, Femi Falana and Sowore. He tagged the photos;  ''With Femi Falana SAN & Sowore strategizing.''
‘President Buhari Should Stop Members Of His Family From Using Any Of The Aircraft In The Presidential Fleet’ – Femi Falana
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‘President Buhari Should Stop Members Of His Family From Using Any Of The Aircraft In The Presidential Fleet’ – Femi Falana

Senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and human rights activist, Femi Falana has reacted to the controversy that trailed the use of the presidential jet by one of President Buhari's daughters, Hanan Buhari.   In a statement released on Sunday January 12, Femi Falana dispelled Garba Shehu's claim of President Buhari's family being entitled to the Presidential jet. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria stated that the federal government's official policy “does not authorise the children of the President to use the presidential jets to attend to private social functions”.   He also pointed out that President Buhari promised to reduce the cost of maintaining the presidential fleet which stands at N8.5 billion in the 2020 budget.   The statement reads in part;  ...
Femi Falana Writes Open Letter to Nigeria’s Attorney-General, Malami
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Femi Falana Writes Open Letter to Nigeria’s Attorney-General, Malami

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has written a letter to the Attorney-General of the federation and justice minister, Abubakar Malami, over the detention of Shiites leader, El-Zakzaky and his wife. Read the full letter below.. Dear Honourable Justice Minister, Request for compliance with court orders in favour of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and Hajia Zeinat El-Zakzaky We are solicitors to Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and Hajia Zeinat El-Zakzaky (hereinafter referred to as "our clients") on whose behalf we write this letter. In view of the recent decision of the Federal Government to comply with all court orders, we have the instructions of our clients to request you to ensure compliance with the valid and subsisting orders of the Federal High Court and Kaduna State High Cou...
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Sowore, Dasuki: Timi Frank Thanks USA, Says America True Police Of The World

A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank has commended the senators of the United States of America and the America government for putting pressures on Nigerian government to the release of Omoyele Sowore and by extension, Ibrahim Dasuki. Frank also thank all Nigerians, especially a human right lawyer, Femi Falana, who stood up to fight for justice even in the mist of treat to their lives, posterity will judge you favorably. Frank said if not for the pressure by the USA government and some of its senators, Sowore would still be languishing in DSS detention without charge. The political activist, however, declared that "truly the American government is the police of the world." Reacting thro...
Nigerian Senate Invites Sowore’s Lawyer Over Invasion Of Court By DSS
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Nigerian Senate Invites Sowore’s Lawyer Over Invasion Of Court By DSS

According to SaharaReporters, the Nigerian Senate has invited lead counsel to Omoyele Sowore, Femi Falana (SAN), to appear before it over the invasion of the Federal High Court by operatives of the Department of State Services. Falana was asked to appear before the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal matters on Thursday by 10:00am. The Senate had mandated the committee to investigate the invasion of the court after some DSS officials stormed the place to effect the rearrest of Sowore, who is standing trial in  case brought against him by the Nigerian Government. The Senate, in the letter to Falana, noted that the court should not be disrespected, adding that lawmakers and Nigerians would like to know what actually transpired in the court. The letter reads, “Pursuan...
Falana Replies Presidency, FG Should Stop Subjecting Sowore To Media Trial
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Falana Replies Presidency, FG Should Stop Subjecting Sowore To Media Trial

When Mr. Omoyele Sowore was arrested on August 2, 2019 the State Security Service (SSS) accused him of engaging in terrorist activities. On the basis of the allegation the SSS obtained an order from the Honourable Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court to detain Sowore for 45 days in order to investigate his alleged terrorist activities. But at the end of the investigation he was not linked with terrorism in any material particular. Hence, he was not charged with any offence under the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2011, (as amended). The SSS also claimed in a sworn affidavit that Sowore had travelled to Dubai to collect millions of dollars to overthrow the Buhari administration. But when the SSS later found that Sowore has never travelled to Dubai or any part of the United Arab E...
DSS Begged Sowore To Accept ‘Death Warrant’ Deal – Falana
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DSS Begged Sowore To Accept ‘Death Warrant’ Deal – Falana

Femi Falana, counsel to Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement, on Monday, alleged that the Nigerian government offered the activist a “death warrant” deal while in custody of the Department of State Services, DSS. Falana disclosed that the Nigerian government reached out for the deal during Sowore’s first 45 days in detention. Featuring on TVC’s The View, Falana said: “They went to a court behind us and got an order to detain Sowore for 45 days to investigate his alleged terrorism. “At the end of the investigation, nothing was found but they went to him in detention to reach a deal.” The activist stated that the DSS also reached out to him to convince Sowore when they could not persuade the Sahara Reporters’s publisher to take the deal he was offered. “When ...
Sowore: Falana Replies DSS, Gives Full Details Of Court Invasion
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Sowore: Falana Replies DSS, Gives Full Details Of Court Invasion

Femi Falana, has lashed out at the Department of State Services (DSS) over its statement in which it denied invading a trial court to rearrest Omoyele Sowore. Recall that the DSS alleged that the #RevolutionNow convener violated his bail conditions hence his rearrest. The secret police who insisted that they are a law-abiding agency, also claimed that Sowore's supporters “stage-managed the drama” in the Federal High Court to bring the service to disrepute. Reacting to DSS' statement on his client's rearrest, Femi Falana wondered why head of the DSS team apologized to the presiding judge Ijeoma Ojukwu when asked to justify invasion of the court. The human rights activist who further claimed that some of the DSS operatives disguised in lawyer’s outfit were inside the courtr...
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DSS: We Didn’t Arrest Sowore In Court — His Supporters Were Only Acting

The Department of State Services (DSS) says its officers did not arrest Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, in court, claiming that the journalist’s supporters were only acting an “orchestrated drama”. A statement signed by Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesperson, the state secret police, said there were none of its officers involved in the incidents recorded in the courtroom. “It has become important that the Department of State Services responds to the serial misinformation being circulated in the media about its involvement in the incident that occurred on 6th December, 2019 at the Federal High Court, Abuja,” the statement read. “It is instructive to note that during the court proceeding of the day under reference, Defence Counsel, Femi FALANA (SAN), called th...
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We Warned Sowore, Falana Over Buhari – FFK

We warned @YeleSowore, Femi Falana and others that Buhari was a tyrant in 2015. They insulted us & put him in power. The tiger they rode has now turned on them. Why do our people always assume that when others are persecuted that it will never come to them. Tyrants have NO friends!.
The World Is Watching Your Violation Of Sowore’s Rights – Ezekwesili To Buhari
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The World Is Watching Your Violation Of Sowore’s Rights – Ezekwesili To Buhari

Friday’s Sowore and DSS mega drama at the Federal High Court has the attention of the Nigerian communities and the global world with Oby Ezekwesili who is the Convener of Bring Back Our Girls campaign and a former Minister of Education has made her opinion heard on the humiliation and violation of Omoyele Sowore citizenship rights in Court today by the DSS. Ezekwesili reminded President Muhammadu Buhari that the world at large was watching Sowore’s human right violation as a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ezekwesili reminded President Muhammadu Buhari that the world at large was watching Sowore’s human right violation as a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Oby Ezekwesili’s message to Buhari; “President Buhari, the whole world is watching the video of of...
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Falana Reacts As DSS Rearrests Omoyele Sowore

Lead Counsel and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has criticised the Department of State Security Services (DSS) for disrupting court proceedings and eventually rearresting his clients, Mr. Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare at a Federal High Court in Abuja, barely 24 hours after their release from DSS custody. Mr. Sowore and his co-accused, Mr. Bakare, were released on Thursday night, following an order given by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu who gave the security agency a 24-hour ultimatum to effect the bail order earlier issued. Mr. Falana who spoke to Channels Television on Friday stressed that the DSS had said they were inviting the duo for questioning at their office to answer a few questions on fresh charges, but are yet to disclose what they are. “The atmosphere was very rowdy, ...
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Sowore’s Co-Defendant, Olawale Bakare, Declared Missing

Operatives of the Department of State Services had stormed the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday morning during the commencement of their trial and disrupted proceedings in an attempt to forcefully rearrest the two men. Activist, Olawale Bakare popularly known as Mandate, who is standing trial with pro-democracy campaigner, Omoyele Sowore, in a case brought against them by the Nigerian Government, has been declared missing. Operatives of the Department of State Services had stormed the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday morning during the commencement of their trial and disrupted proceedings in an attempt to forcefully rearrest the two men. After facing resistance from other activists inside the courtroom however, the DSS operatives retreated outside to lay ambush. T...
Obey Nigerian Courts The Way You Obey British Courts – Femi Falana Tells FG
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Obey Nigerian Courts The Way You Obey British Courts – Femi Falana Tells FG

Human rights activist, Femi Falana has urged the Nigerian government to obey court orders the way it obeys those issued by courts in foreign countries. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria's took a swipe at the Federal Government after the Attorney General Abubakar Malami confirmed on Thursday November 28, that a $200 million bond which was approved by President Buhari was deposited in line with a stay of execution order for a $9.6 billion dollar judgement awarded by a British Court against Nigeria in favour of Process & Industrial Development (P&ID) limited. Femi Falana who stated that the Buhari-led administration did not give any pre-condition before obeying the court of its “former colonial master” as it does at home, asked that the order for the release of #RevolutionNow c...
Sowore, Bakare, Falana: SERAP Petitions DSS
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Sowore, Bakare, Falana: SERAP Petitions DSS

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has written to Mrs Soyata Maiga, Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the commission’s members to take action against the harassment of Omoyele Sowore, Olawale Bakare, their sureties and lawyers, particularly Femi Falana, SAN. According to SERAP, Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) has stated that it would not release the activists until it is allowed to vet sureties that have already been verified by the court. SERAP deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, who released the petition on Sunday noted that the harassment of detained activists, their sureties as well as lawyers who come to their defence, shows a steady slide away from the rule of law and underscores the urgent need for th...
DSS Has Given 3 Contradictory Reasons For Not Releasing Sowore – Falana
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DSS Has Given 3 Contradictory Reasons For Not Releasing Sowore – Falana

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says in the last one week, the Department of State Services (DSS) has given three reasons not to release Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement. Sowore was arrested in Lagos on August 3 and later flown to Abuja where he has been in detention despite two court orders on his release. The DSS has come under intense pressure over the detention of Sowore and other notable Nigerians. On Friday, Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the DSS, said Sowore chose to remain in custody of the agency because he is being taken care of. He said the activist could have been remanded in prison but he appealed to the court to allow him stay in the DSS facility. But Falana described Afunanya’s statement as an embarrassment to the country. “Within a sp...
DSS Plans To File Fresh Charges Against Sowore – Falana Raises Alarm
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DSS Plans To File Fresh Charges Against Sowore – Falana Raises Alarm

Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has raised the alarm over plans by the Department of State Services to file fresh charges against detained pro-democracy campaigner and Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, on Tuesday with a view to keeping him further in incarceration. Falana made the disclosure on Monday during a programme on Channels TV. The respected lawyer said that he will file contempt charges against the agency on Tuesday. He said the contempt proceedings is to compel the DSS Director-General, Yusuf Bichi, to justify in court why the agency had disobeyed orders directing that his client be released.
Buhari Has No Third Term Agenda, Fani-kayode Contradicts Falana
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Buhari Has No Third Term Agenda, Fani-kayode Contradicts Falana

Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari is not considering extending his stay in office beyond 2023. The political space in Nigeria has been filled with rumours that President Buhari is considering extending his stay beyond the constitutional two terms in office. Reacting to the rumours, the former minister pointed out that the President does not have a third term agenda. He went further to say that, what is in the political pipeline is a Northern agenda. See his tweet below:
‘Attack On Media: FG Has Third Term Agenda’ – Falana Says
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‘Attack On Media: FG Has Third Term Agenda’ – Falana Says

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, has said the attack on free press in the country is over a third term agenda being nursed by the Federal Government. Falana spoke in Lagos on Thursday at the public presentation of a book, Testimony to Courage, essays in honour of Premium Times publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi. He also accused Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Abuja Federal High Court of bias against his client, Omoyele Sowore, saying the online news publisher had been convicted without trial. Falana, who was the chairman on the occasion, noted that he had decided not to return to the Justice Ojukwu-led court. He stated, “Nobody has been given the kind of bail (condition) Sowore was given. All those who looted the treasury have never had their movement restricted. Sowore has be...
‘Our Lawyers Spent 4 Hours Waiting To Receive Sowore’ — Falana Tackles DSS
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‘Our Lawyers Spent 4 Hours Waiting To Receive Sowore’ — Falana Tackles DSS

Femi Falana, senior of advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says lawyers waited to receive Omoyele Sowore at the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) after a court order to release him was served. The DSS had on Friday said it received the order to free the convener of the Revolution Now movement, but there was no one to stand on his behalf. But in a statement, Falana, lead counsel to Sowore, said the DSS statement is misleading as the agency already told the lawyers that Sowore would be released. “On 6/11/19 the bailiff of the federal high court wanted to serve the reproduction warrants issued by the court on the Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS). But the SSS asked the Bailiff to call back at 10.00 am on 7/11/19. The bailiff did and was able to serv...
DSS Reveals Why They Haven’t Released Sowore
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DSS Reveals Why They Haven’t Released Sowore

According to a reports, Nigeria’s State Security Service has denied claims by lawyers representing the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, that they were being prevented from taking Mr Sowore after meeting his bail conditions on Wednesday. The SSS spokesperson, Peter Afunaya, in a text message midnight Wednesday said the claims by Mr Sowore’s lawyers that the publisher was denied bail after meeting his conditions were false.“This not true. The SSS has not been informed by the judicial authorities or any legal representatives that the bail conditions have been met accordingly. The media shouldn’t allow itself to be used as agents of misinformation,” Mr Afunaya said. The SSS spokesperson was responding to questions sent to his phone line after PREMIUM TIMES was ...
Sowore, Co-Defendants Have Met Bail Conditions, Will Be Freed Today – Falana
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Sowore, Co-Defendants Have Met Bail Conditions, Will Be Freed Today – Falana

According to Punch Metro, Nigeria's human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), told the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, have met the bail conditions imposed on them in respect of their trial on charges of treasonable felony. Falana, who is their lawyer, said the defendants would be freed later on Wednesday. He said this while asking for an adjournment of the case on the grounds that the Department of State Service in whose custody the defendants have been detained and from where they were produced in court on Wednesday. He said, “I have already explained to the learned prosecuting counsel that we are encumbered by the refusal of the State Security Service to allow us to prep...
Court Reviews Omoyele Sowore’s Bail Condition From N100 Million To N50 Million
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Court Reviews Omoyele Sowore’s Bail Condition From N100 Million To N50 Million

The Federal High Court in Abuja today heard Omoyele Sowore's application for bail variation. Sowore, who was arraigned on a four-count charge ranging from insulting President Muhammadu Buhari to money laundering, was given bail condition of paying N150 million and had his movement restricted to Abuja. Femi Falana (SAN), who is representing Sowore, had described the conditions attached to his bail as “stringent”. After the hearing, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu has now varied Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare's bail conditions. According to a report by SaharaReporters, Justice Ojukwu said she found it difficult to believe a man of Sowore's pedigree did not have anyone to deposit N50 million. Hence, Sowore bail condition was reviewed from N100 million to N50 million and the 50 sec...
Defection: Moghalu Demands Apology From Falana
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Defection: Moghalu Demands Apology From Falana

Kingsley Moghalu, a former presidential candidate, has demanded an apology from Femi Falana, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) over the latter’s comments on defection. Mr Falana, a Human Rights activist, had at a public gathering on Monday, claimed the Young Progressive Party (YPP) candidate in the last general election has defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC). The activist also said the ruling party has assigned a portfolio to Moghalu. But dismissing the claim as untrue, the former presidential candidate who dumped his party said he is not a member of any political party at the moment and has not been handed any portfolio. “These statements are false. I am not a member of the APC. I have not been given any appointment by the APC government. This effort to malign m...
Femi Falana Accuses Moghalu Of Dumping YPP For APC Over Appointment
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Femi Falana Accuses Moghalu Of Dumping YPP For APC Over Appointment

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has accused The presidential candidate of Young Progressive Party (YPP), in the 2019 Presidential election, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, of dumping his party to take up an appointment from Buhari’s led administration. The human rights activist made the accusation at 2019 Felabration; a segment of the annual festival in honour of the iconic Legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, held at the NECA HOUSE, Lagos. We earlier reported that Moghalu announced his departure from the party (YPP) on Monday, October 14th, via his official account on popular micro-blogging platform, Twitter. Moghalu, also called for reform of the country’s electoral system ahead of the 2023 general elections. However, Falana, in his reaction to the development said; “I think it ...
Sowore And Olawale Bakare Fail To Meet Bail Conditions
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Sowore And Olawale Bakare Fail To Meet Bail Conditions

The convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, and co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, charged with treasonable felony, among others, are yet to perfect the bail granted them on October 4, 2019 by a Federal High Court in Abuja. It was learnt on Friday that both men were still in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) where they are being held. Sowore and Bakare were granted bail by in a ruling penultimate Friday by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, but attached conditions which his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), described as stringent. The Nation learnt that their lawyers were planning to return to court with an application to request for a reduction in the bail conditions to those which the defendants could readily meet. Justice Ojukwu had, while granting them bail, also ...
Sowore: SERAP, 48 CSOs Calls On UN, AU To Caution FG
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Sowore: SERAP, 48 CSOs Calls On UN, AU To Caution FG

Not fewer than 50 Civil Society Organizations have come together to sign an agreement calling for the Intervention of the United Nations and Africa Union for the immediate and unconditional released of the Political Activist and Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyole Sowore, who was arrested and detained by the Department of State Security about 56 days ago. This violates the court order which granted the DSS the right to detain him for 45 days. After the 45 days elapsed, he has however not been released even after a Federal High Court in Abuja ask for his release and served Sowore's lead councel, Femi Falana (SAN) his release permit for about three days now. Sowore was arrested since 3 August 2019 after calling for a national protest which he tagged #RevolutionNow. Since then, h...
Sowore: DSS Lied, I Personally Served Them Court Order – Falana
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Sowore: DSS Lied, I Personally Served Them Court Order – Falana

Mr Femi Falana, SAN, counsel Mr Omoyele Sowore, has reacted to a claim by the Department of State Services (DSS) that it was not served with copies of the order directing the release of the publisher. In a telephone interview on Thursday evening, Falana, said he doubts that the statement made by the DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunaya, was authorised by the Director-General of the agency, Yusuf Bichi. According to him, “the DSS has a duty to comply, not only with this order, but also with all the orders made by courts of law in Nigeria.” The Punch Newspaper had reported a statement attributed to Mr Afunaya stating that the DSS was yet to receive the court order for Mr Sowore’s release. “We have not received the court order. And his (Sowore’s) counsel is a very senior member of ...