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DSS Arrests Lawyer, Malcolm Rich­ard Omirhobo On One Man Protest At Abuja Villa Gate
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DSS Arrests Lawyer, Malcolm Rich­ard Omirhobo On One Man Protest At Abuja Villa Gate

A Lagos-based human rights lawyer and activist, Chief Malcolm Rich­ard Omirhobo, has been arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS). The arrest was effected at the Presidential Villa gate in Abuja when Omirhobo was on a one-man demonstration to register his displeasure over the recent killing of 43 farmers in Borno State by suspected Boko Haram in­surgents. The lawyer arrived at the Villa gate in company of some journalists about 9:00a.m, clad in a customised T-Shirt with the inscription, ‘Stop the Genocide He was whisked away by operatives of the service while granting a press inter­view. Omirhobo said he was at the Villa gate to see the pres­ident, Muhammadu Buhari, with the intention to express his bitterness over the grue­some murder of the farmer...
Insecurity: It’s Unconstitutional For PMB To Ignore Reps Summon – Adegboruwa
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Insecurity: It’s Unconstitutional For PMB To Ignore Reps Summon – Adegboruwa

Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), Lagos-based human rights lawyer has said President Muhammadu Buhari must honour the invitation of the House of Representatives to explain what he is doing about the security situation in the country, saying it will be unconstitutional for him to ignore it. He said Nigerians can no longer leave the issue of insecurity which has collapsed in the hands of the President alone. Angered by the worsening insecurity in the country, the House of Representatives on Tuedsay summoned the President over the cold-blooded murder of about 43 persons by suspected Boko Haram Islamists insurgency group in Zabarmari village, Jere council of Borno State. Adopting a motion under urgent matters of national importance sponsored by Satomi Ahmed at the plenary presided by Spe...
Lekki Shootings: LASG Rejects  FOI Request For CCTV Footage
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Lekki Shootings: LASG Rejects FOI Request For CCTV Footage

The Lagos State Government has rejected a Freedom of Information request for the CCTV footage of the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll plaza on October 20, 2020. This is contained in a letter written by Deyemi Bamgbose on behalf of the Attorney-General of Lagos State. A human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, had written a letter to the state government last week invoking the Freedom of Information Act 2011. Effiong had in the letter addressed to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, requested for the CCTV footage in the interest of the public. However, in a response dated November 3, 2020 titled, ‘Re: Urgent Request Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 2011’, the state government said it could not make the CCTV footage available because the FoI Act is a federal l...
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...
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 ...
Businessman Drags Police Officer to Court for Torturing him
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Businessman Drags Police Officer to Court for Torturing him

A businessman has dragged a police officer who allegedly slept with his wife to court. Clement Asuquo Etim initially narrated how he was allegedly tortured and framed up by a senior policeman, CSP Celestine Umeh after he caught him in bed with his wife Lawrentia Asuquo Etim . Mr Etim has now filed N200m fundamental rights enforcement lawsuit against the Nigeria Police Force for arresting, torturing, and framing him and two eyewitnesses on trumped-up charges, according to Sahara Reporters. The aggrieved husband joined in the suit the Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, the Officer-in-Charge of General Investigation at the State CID, SP Ekene Nwosu, and a Chief Superintendent of Police, Umeh. In a 46-page court document seen by SaharaReporters, Etim stated that Umeh vi...
Wike Has No Legal Authority To Confiscate Citizens Properties – Adegboruwa
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Wike Has No Legal Authority To Confiscate Citizens Properties – Adegboruwa

Foremost human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), on Saturday said Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has no right under the law to confiscate property of citizens who allegedly flouted the lockdown order in the state. The Rivers State Government had directed its Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to auction all vehicles that were impounded for violating the state’s lockdown directive. But in a statement titled: ‘The Emerging Dictatorship in Rivers State’ Adegboruwa said the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria grants unfettered access to property which cannot be taken with Executive fiat as being done by the governor. The statement reads: “The Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Mr. Nyesom Wike, is a lawyer, which should be an added advantage to...
Buhari’s Speech Filled With Confusion, Curfew Can’t Work In Lagos – Adegboruwa
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Buhari’s Speech Filled With Confusion, Curfew Can’t Work In Lagos – Adegboruwa

Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), human rights lawyer on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari’s broadcast to Nigerians on April 27th was uninspiring and did not address many issues pertaining to the lockdown and steps being taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement he personally signed, titled ‘The President‘s Broadcast Dictates Another Broadcast’, Adegboruwa said there is a need for another presidential broadcast where Nigerians will be briefed on solution to the economic crisis in the country, plans to rebuild the health sector and how to address failure in complying with lockdown directives. The legal expert also faulted the idea of a curfew in Lagos saying it can’t work owing to the peculiar traffic situation in the state. “On April 27, 2020, the President addressed...
Arrest Oshiomhole For Treasonable Comment – Tope Akinyode To FG
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Arrest Oshiomhole For Treasonable Comment – Tope Akinyode To FG

Tope Akinyode, a human rights lawyer, has asked the federal government to arrest and prosecute Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for treason. On Thursday, Oshiomhole said no governor would be sworn in in Bayelsa state  on Friday after the supreme court sacked David Lyon, APC candidate who was declared winner of the November governorship election in the state. In a statement, Akinyode, who is the national president of the Revolutionary Lawyers’ Forum, said the APC chairman’s statement was mischievous and an attempt to overthrow the state government. “We are a bit taken aback by Oshiomhole’s obvious lopsided reasoning which embraces the Supreme Court over Hope Uzodinma’s declaration as winner of the Imo governorship election despite public o...
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...
Posting Policemen Outside State Of Origin Is Unproductive – Falana
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Posting Policemen Outside State Of Origin Is Unproductive – Falana

Human rights lawyer , Mr . Femi Falana ( SAN) , says the practice of posting policemen outside their states of origin is unproductive. Falana said every police officer should operate in their community, speak the local language and mix freely with the people . The activist said this at the Maiden Memorial Public Lecture in memory of Late Professor Olumuyiwa Awe in Ibadan , according to a statement on Monday . The senior advocate said , “ The success of the civilian Joint Task Force in the counter -insurgency operations in Borno state has proved that the best way to police a country is to recruit , train and equip young men and women to operate in their own communities . “ The colonial practice of posting police personnel to operate outside their states of origin was meant to suppre...
I Know An Ex-gov Who Had A Killer Squad – Falana
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I Know An Ex-gov Who Had A Killer Squad – Falana

Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, said on Monday that he knew a former governor in one of the South-West states who had a killer squad that helped him to eliminate his political opponents. Falana, who spoke at the University of Ibadan, said the former governor’s killer squad was headed by a police officer, who was the Chief Security Officer to the then-governor. He said one of those killed by the killer squad was “a World Bank expert,” but he did not name the former governor in question. Falana said one of the arguments against the creation of state police was that governors would use them to hunt their political opponents. He, however, maintained that state police remained the solution to Nigeria’s insecurity problem. He suggested how state police should be stru...
DSS Arrests Student Over Anti-Buhari Articles
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DSS Arrests Student Over Anti-Buhari Articles

Human rights lawyer , Mr Inibehe Effiong, says the Department of State Services has arrested his client who is also a campus journalist , Ayoola Babalola, for allegedly publishing articles critical of the President, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari ( retd. ) , and All Progressives Congress chieftain , Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Effiong made the allegation during a chat with Sunday PUNCH . He explained that Babalola , a student of Mass Communications at Gateway Polytechnic , Abeokuta , was the editor of a campus newspaper known as “ GAMPOSA Trumpet”. In the 2019 edition of the newspaper in November 2019, the newspaper published an article titled , “President Buhari does not believe in Nigeria ” which was written by Apostle Alfred Tseye- Okotie . In the article , it was stated that the Bu...
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...
DSS Team Leader Apologised To Justice Ojukwu Over Court Invasion
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DSS Team Leader Apologised To Justice Ojukwu Over Court Invasion

Operatives of Department of State Services wrestling Mr. Omoyele Sowore to the ground as they rearrested him inside the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), on Sunday refuted the Department of State Service’s claim that its operatives did not disrupt proceedings at the Federal High Court, Abuja, in their bid to rearrest his client, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, on Friday. Falana said in a statement that, contrary to the DSS’ denial, issued on Saturday, the leader of the DSS team of operatives who invaded the court tendered an apology for their conduct when summoned after the incident by the presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu. He said the DSS operatives were unable to defend their conduct, hence their subsequent apology to the judge, who was ...
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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, ...
Bullion Vans: Ozekhome Says Nigerians Can Demand For Tinubu’s Investigation
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Bullion Vans: Ozekhome Says Nigerians Can Demand For Tinubu’s Investigation

Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) ,a human rights lawyer has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the petition written by activists on the bullion vans sighted at the residence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on the eve of the 2019 presidential election. Speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, Ozekhome said the position of Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) that the petition was written in bad faith. He said the Act establishing EFCC mandates it to investigate any person no matter how highly placed in accordance with its motto which says no one is above the law. When a petition is written against their chieftain, it is written in bad faith; but when it is written against small-time ‘yahoo boys’, ...
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...
Release Sowore, Bakare And Stop Exposing Nigeria To Ridicule – Falana To DSS
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Release Sowore, Bakare And Stop Exposing Nigeria To Ridicule – Falana To DSS

Human rights lawyer , Mr . Femi Falana ( SAN) , on Wednesday , charged the Department of State Services to immediately release the convener of #RevolutionNow protest , Mr . Omoyele Sowore, and Olawale Bakare. He asked the agency to stop exposing Nigeria to ridicule with its ever-changing excuses for continuing to hold on to them in violation of the Federal High Court ’s order for their release. Falana was replying the DSS’ latest statement issued by its spokesperson, Peter Ifunaya , on Wednesday , when the agency blamed the continued detention of the Sahara Reporters publisher and Bakare on the failure of their sureties to show up to receive them from custody . The senior lawyer narrated the steps that his legal team had taken to ensure the release of their clients since a bailiff first...
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.
‘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...
Operation Positive Identification: Falana Gets Order Against Army
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Operation Positive Identification: Falana Gets Order Against Army

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered the Nigerian Army and the Attorney General of the Federation to maintain status quo in respect of their planned Operation Positive Identification. Justice Rilwan Aikawa made the order at the request of human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN). Falana had filed a suit seeking to stop the army’s Operation Positive Identification, which requires that all citizens must carry a means of identification to be able to move. The lawyer argued that such an operation was a violation of constitutional rights to liberty. In a short ruling on Tuesday, Justice Aikawa ordered the army to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of Falana’s suit. “In view of the agreement between counsel, I hereby order the 1st and 2nd de...
Falana Sues Army, Asks Court To Stop Positive Identification Operation
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Falana Sues Army, Asks Court To Stop Positive Identification Operation

Human rights lawyer , Mr . Femi Falana ( SAN ) , has sued the Nigerian Army , it’ s Chief of Army Staff and the Attorney- General of the Federation, praying for an order stopping the planned Operation Positive Identification by the army . The suit marked FHC /L / CS /1939 /2019 was filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos on October 25 , but a copy of it was seen by The PUNCH on Thursday . According to Falana , the planned nationwide operation scheduled for November 1 , to December 23 , 2019 , by which Nigerian citizens would be required to move about with means of identification is unconstitutional, illegal , null and void . He argued that the planned operation violates his right and that of other Nigerian citizens to liberty , “ as encapsulated in Section 35 respectively o...
End Border Closure In National Interest, Falana Advises Buhari
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End Border Closure In National Interest, Falana Advises Buhari

Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, has advised the Federal Government to end the closure of the land borders into the country. He said it would be in the national interest for the government to call off the border closure. Rather than continue to close the land borders, Falana advised the Federal Government to “urgently dialogue with Nigeria’s neighbouring countries to jointly fight the menace of smuggling, which necessitated the border closure by Nigeria.” The lawyer gave the advice in a statement on Thursday while delivering a paper on “Rule of Law, Good Governance and Economic Development” at the annual conference of the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Accra, Ghana. He urged the Federal Government to reject the endorsement of its border closur...
Obasanjo Didn’t Succeed With 3rd Term, Buhari Will Also Fail – Ozekhome
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Obasanjo Didn’t Succeed With 3rd Term, Buhari Will Also Fail – Ozekhome

Afenifere, pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, on Wednesday described the statement by President Muhammadu Buhari promising to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years as a slip of tongue. The organisation, while reacting to the suspicion among Nigerians that the President may be planning to elongate his tenure in office and the denial by the presidency, said it was a contradiction for Buhari to be talking about a 10-year programme when he has a four-year mandate. The president, in his opening speech during the inaugural June 12 Democracy Day celebration in Abuja, had said: “In face of these challenges, our government, elected by the people in 2015 and re-elected in March, has been mapping out policies, measures, and laws to maintain our unity and at th...
Sowore Still In DSS Custody, Agency Set to Arraign Him Again Next Week
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Sowore Still In DSS Custody, Agency Set to Arraign Him Again Next Week

The Department of State Service (DSS) is still holding activist and Convener of the botched RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, in its custody four days after the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered his release. The Guardian learnt yesterday from sources within the secret Police that the agency was not in a hurry to release the activist, saying: “We are aware of the court order, but we are still keeping him to be arraigned next week on charges that Nigerians will know of when he gets to court.” Meanwhile, investigative journalists around the world yesterday joined the call for Sowore’s immediate release, just as the human rights lawyer, Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa (SAN) has declared his continued detention by the DSS illegal. In her speech delivered at the on-going Global Investiga...
I Will Not Leave Your Office, Falana Tells DSS After Failing To Release Sowore
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I Will Not Leave Your Office, Falana Tells DSS After Failing To Release Sowore

As the waiting game continues at the headquarters of the Department of State Services in Abuja over the release of Omoyele Sowore, his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has vowed to remain at the facility pending the release of his client. The human rights lawyer insisted that he and his team would stay put until the DSS releases Sowore to him as ordered by the court and having perfected the bail condition. He said that as long as his client was being held, he would not leave the premises of the DSS. Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja had on Tuesday ordered the DSS to release Sowore on bail. However, many Nigerians had expressed doubt on the DSS and President Muhammadu Buhari's administration to obey the court order especially following the regime's penchant fo...
Propose Money Bill Before Implementing Increase In VAT – Falana To FG
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Propose Money Bill Before Implementing Increase In VAT – Falana To FG

Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana, has called on the Federal Government to propose a Money Bill to the National Assembly before the implementation of the increase in Value Added Tax (VAT). Falana told the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in Abuja, said that the National Assembly (NASS) erred by inviting the Minister of Finance and the Executive Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to clarify issues of VAT increment. According to him, provisions of the constitution states that the President ought to have presented a money bill to be passed by the NASS before the increment. “It’s illegal, under a democratic dispensation you cannot impose tax or increase tax without a law made by the National Assembly or the State Assembly as the case may be. “In this case, it has to be...
Sowore To Remain In DSS Custody, Court Rules
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Sowore To Remain In DSS Custody, Court Rules

The Federal High Court in Abuja has turned down the motioned filed by Omoyele Sowore who happens to be the convenor of #RevolutionNow, disputing his 45 days detention by the Department of State Security (DSS). Justice Nkeonye Maya forwarded the case back to Justice Taiwo for further hearing on Wednesday after denying all the applications. Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, filed the applications on behalf of his client, Mr Sowore. Falana, who had asked the court to set aside the ex-parte order granted by Justice Taiwo, also applied for bail orally when Justice Maha rejected the earlier application. Sowore has been in the custody of the DSS since August 2. Justice Taiwo had on August 8 ordered his detention for 45 days at the instance of the DSS to enable the secret police...
“we Defeated IBB And Abacha, We Won’t Allow Another Dictator” — Femi Falana
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“we Defeated IBB And Abacha, We Won’t Allow Another Dictator” — Femi Falana

Femi Falana (SAN), renowned human rights lawyer, has stated that many political leaders in Nigeria have called for revolution at one point or the other, and the call for revolution in the country is not new. Falana stated this on Monday, August 19 while speaking at a symposium organised by Coalition for Revolution (CORE) in Lagos. Igbere TV gathers that the senior advocate said during the colonial rule, Nigerians had called for revolution. However, he said unlike what is obtainable now, those who had called for revolution in those days were not charged with treason. He said: “Let the authorities in Abuja know that call for revolution is not new. Political leaders in this country have been calling for revolution and nobody charged them. “When Nigeria was at this stage in the...
Rape Allegation: Femi Falana Now Busola Dakolo’s Lawyer
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Rape Allegation: Femi Falana Now Busola Dakolo’s Lawyer

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered that petitions from the Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Abuja, Biodun Fatoyinbo, and the Dakolos, be merged and investigated at the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos. Lawyer to the Dakolos, Mr Femi Falana, made the revelation during a telephone conversation with The PUNCH on Monday. Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, told our correspondent that the IG had assured that justice would be done in the matter. While denying that the police authorities had refused to act on the Dakolos’ petition, the human rights lawyer said the case would be brought to Lagos because the family were the first to petition the police.
UK Agency Says Nigerians Respect Wealthy Prostitutes
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UK Agency Says Nigerians Respect Wealthy Prostitutes

Home Office, a UK ministerial department responsible for immigration, says trafficked women from Nigeria who get wealthy from prostitution are held in high esteem upon their return to the country. In the June edition of its country policy on the trafficking of women in Nigeria, it said: “Nigeria is a source, transit and destination country for the trafficking of women and girls for forced labour and sexual exploitation”. "However trafficked women who return from Europe, wealthy from prostitution, enjoy high social-economic status and in general are not subject to negative social attitudes on return. They are often held in high regard because they have improved income prospects.” The statement irked members of parliament and anti-trafficking/anti-slavery activists in the UK who be...
Soyinka, Falana, Others Lay Wreath On Abiola’s Grave
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Soyinka, Falana, Others Lay Wreath On Abiola’s Grave

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says closure over the death of Chief MKO Abiola will be achieved when some of the challenges faced in the country are confronted and eliminated. Soyinka said this at a Wreath Laying Ceremony to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the death of Abiola, organised by Women Arise for Change Initiative (WA) at MKO Abiola’s graveside in Ikeja. He was charged for treason in 1994 by the Nigerian government, because he had declared himself the lawful President of Nigeria. He died in custody on the verge of being released in 1998. Soyinka said: “This is the first gathering in honour of MKO Abiola after the formal recognition by the federal government that he was duly elected, and that he is a past president of this nation. “And all we are waiting fo...
Falana To Sue Judge Over Inspection Of Detention Facilities
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Falana To Sue Judge Over Inspection Of Detention Facilities

HUMAN rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, has threatened to file a suit against the Chief Judge of the Federal High court, Justice Abdukadir Abdu-Kafarati, if he fails to direct the Judges of the Federal High Courts in Nigeria to conduct monthly inspection of detention facilities of agencies of the Federal Government. Falana, in a statement, said: “If our request is not granted within seven days of the receipt of this letter, we shall not hesitate to file a suit at the Federal High Court seeking to compel your Lordship to carry out your duty under section 34 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.” Female judges and gender stereotypes, He said that the directive of the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, has become necessary, in order to put an end to the illegal deten...
Arraign Godfathers Who Sabotaged Party Primaries – Falana To INEC, Police
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Arraign Godfathers Who Sabotaged Party Primaries – Falana To INEC, Police

Human rights lawyer , Mr. Femi Falana ( SAN ) , has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Nigeria Police Force to immediately prosecute godfathers and thugs who undermined the last elections. Falana said this in a statement on Sunday . He said, “ Since the Federal Government has refused to set up the electoral offences tribunal recommended by the Uwais panel , INEC and the police should arraign in court the godfathers who sabotaged internal democracy in some of the parties and the armed thugs who committed other grave electoral offences during the last general election . ” The senior advocate also urged the Federal Government to implement the recommendations of the Justice Mohammed Uwais panel on electoral reform before those of the European Union . He s...
George and Amal Clooney hosting Italian date with fans
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George and Amal Clooney hosting Italian date with fans

George and Amal Clooney are inviting two of their fans to join them in Italy. The 'Catch-22' star and the human rights lawyer - who share twins Alexander and Ella - are raising money for their The Clooney Foundation for Justice charity by auctioning off a double date with them at their home in Lake Como, Italy. In a video posted to Omaze's YouTube account, George said: "Hi, I'm Amal Clooney's husband George and we'd like to invite you to come with us to Lake Como ... That's right! To benefit the Clooney Foundation for Justice we're inviting you and a guest to go on a double date with Amal - a world renowned human rights lawyer, law school professor, and a leading thinker on the concept of justice throughout the world - and me, an actor. Just picture it, you and Amal, wine in your han...
President Yahya Jammeh ordered illegal execution of nine Nigerians in Gambia – Femi Falana alleges
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President Yahya Jammeh ordered illegal execution of nine Nigerians in Gambia – Femi Falana alleges

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana says that in 2005 former President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia, ordered the illegal execution over fifty persons, including nine Nigerians. According to a statement on Thursday, Falana said that on July 21, 2005, the Gambian Navy seized a boat conveying 58 immigrants, including 9 Nigerians, 40 Ghanaians, 3 Senegaleze, 3 Sierra Leoneans and 2 Togolese sailing towards a fishing vessel anchored on the high sea to stowaway to Europe. Falana further revealed that two Ghanaian nationals were released to a Ghanaian Government Delegation, another Ghanaian escaped from the custody of the Navy and the remaining 55 immigrants were illegally executed on the orders of the “brutal regime of Mr. Yayah Jameh, former President of Gambia”. The human rights activist said ...
APC Govt Has Turned Nigeria To Banana Republic Says Falana
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APC Govt Has Turned Nigeria To Banana Republic Says Falana

A human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana at the weekend said President Muhammadu Buhari had turned Nigeria into a banana republic, citing prevailing cases of banditry, insurgency and violence that beclouded the country. Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), added that Buhari’s civilian administration was apparently worse than the military rule he presided over between December 31, 1983 and August 27, 1985. He expressed grave concern about the APC government in a paper he delivered at a roundtable discussion the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism and the British Council organised to the 2019 World Press Freedom Day in Abuja on Friday. At the public forum attended by a wide range of political leaders, diplomats and professionals, Falana lamented that the country...
Femi Falana Describes The 2019 General Elections As An ‘Expensive Joke’
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Femi Falana Describes The 2019 General Elections As An ‘Expensive Joke’

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has described the 2019 general elections as an ‘expensive joke’. Falana, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, urged Nigerians to organize themselves by going back to the drawing board if the country stands a chance at having credible elections. “This country spent over N250 billion from public purse on this useless enterprise apart from what each of the governors and political party spent, which is more than 250 billion. If we want to get out of the crisis of monumental dimension, we need to go back to the drawing table, beyond the two major political parties. Nigerians  must organize because this expensive joke cannot continue.”   On the issue of reported violence across the country, Falana believes that no matter ...
Falana Predicts What Will Happen In Atiku’s Court Case Against Buhari
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Falana Predicts What Will Happen In Atiku’s Court Case Against Buhari

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has predicted that Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the February 23 election, will face “insurmountable legal obstacles” at the Presidential Election Petition’s Tribunal. Falana in a statement on Tuesday, however, warned that Atiku should not be blackmailed not to take the legal step, adding that the calls prevailing on him not to approach the tribunal were uncalled for. He recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari who was declared the winner of the February 23 election, had challenged his losses in court in the successive presidential elections of 2003, 2007 and 2011. Falana, however, stated that the failure of successive administrations to reform the electoral process, had created insurmountab...
I Would Have Been Surprised If Atiku Had Won – Falana
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I Would Have Been Surprised If Atiku Had Won – Falana

Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, has said that he would have been surprised if the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had won. He said this during an interview on Hard Copy, a Channels Television programme which airs on Fridays and monitored by our correspondent. He said that Atiku’s emergence has negative implications, adding that his chances of winning in court are “tough”. He said: “I would have been surprised if Atiku had won. Atiku’s emergence has negative implications. He will have to defend many negative comments by Obasanjo. “He is under investigation by the United States Government. He never came out to deny the representation that he will enrich his friends. Atiku was going to sell the NNPC to his friends.” Asked ...
Surrender To Police, Falana Advises Senator Dino Melaye
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Surrender To Police, Falana Advises Senator Dino Melaye

HUMAN rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, yesterday, called on the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Senator Dino Melaye to end the siege by submitting himself for arrest without any further delay. He, however, cautioned the Police to conduct Melaye’s arrest, investigation and prosecution in strict compliance with the relevant provisions of the penal statutes and the Constitution. In a statement Falana flayed the Police for the sensationalization of the planned arrest of the Senator. His words: “The fundamental right of every citizen to personal liberty is guaranteed by section 35 of the Constitution of Nigeria and article 6 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights. The right may however be violated by the State if there is reasonable suspicion th...
No One Can Annul Elections in Nigeria again, Falana Boasts
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No One Can Annul Elections in Nigeria again, Falana Boasts

Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), says no leader in Nigeria can annul elections in the country as was the case in 1993. Falana disclosed this at  the inauguration of the League of Anambra Professionals Legal Defence Initiative, held in Lagos according to a statement on Monday. ADVERTISING Breaking: Lecturers walk out of meeting with FG delegation The lawyer added that for fear of ICC, no Nigerian leader dared annul election again like a former Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.), did in 1993. He also dismissed the fear that President Muhammadu Buhari might be unwilling to leave office if he should lose next year’s election. Falana said, “Unlike in 1993 when the military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, successfully annulled an election, that is no longer possible. “...