Thursday, August 6, 2020

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    Falana-led group: FG lacks capacity to deal with violence in the north

Falana-led group: FG lacks capacity to deal with violence in the north

The Alliance for Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), a coalition of 70 labour and civil society organisations (CSOs), says the federal government has shown lack of capacity to deal with the violence in the north. Reacting to recent killings in Kaduna and other northern states, ASCAB blamed the government for the mayhem, saying the central authority has the constitutional responsibility to [...]

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    Falana: Garba Shehu’s memory has failed him… we rejected the request for Sowore to beg Buhari

Falana: Garba Shehu’s memory has failed him… we rejected the request for Sowore to beg Buhari

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says when Omoyele Sowore was in detention, a request was made for him to apologise to President Muhammadu Buhari but it was rejected.  Sowore, an activist, was arrested and detained in August ahead of #RevolutionNow, a nationwide protest against the government. He was released in December but restricted to the federal capital territory (FCT). While [...]

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    NBA must fight for public cause, says Falana

NBA must fight for public cause, says Falana

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has called on the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to renew its interest in ensuring that the public get justice. He made the call alongside other human rights activists and senior lawyers at a webinar organised by the Lagos state chapter of the NBA with the theme “COVID-19, Access to Justice and Human Rights [...]

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    Falana-led coalition expresses solidarity with striking health workers

Falana-led coalition expresses solidarity with striking health workers

The Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), a coalition of 70 labour and civil society organisations (CSOs), has expressed solidarity with striking doctors and health workers in various states across the country. Health workers in Cross River, Ekiti and Kogi, to mention a few, embarked on industrial actions to demand better working conditions amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of their demands [...]

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    Like Agbakoba, Falana distances self from new political movement

Like Agbakoba, Falana distances self from new political movement

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says he is not a member of the National Consultative Front (NCF). On Wednesday, the NCF was formed as a new political movement "aimed at driving reforms" in the country. The communique which announced the formation of the movement listed "30 eminent Nigerians" as members of the group. Falana was listed alongside Ghali Na’abba, a former speaker of the house [...]

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    ‘My name was used without consultation’ — Agbakoba distances self from new political movement

‘My name was used without consultation’ — Agbakoba distances self from new political movement

Olisa Agbakoba, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says he is not part of a new political movement known as the National Consultative Front. The formation of the movement was announced in a communique on Wednesday. Agbakoba was listed alongside Ghali Na’abba, a former speaker of the house of representatives; Femi Falana, human rights lawyer; Obadiah Mailafia, ex-deputy governor of the Central [...]

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    Falana: Police must ensure public safety not harass Buhari’s opponents

Falana: Police must ensure public safety not harass Buhari’s opponents

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and human rights lawyer, says the duty of the police is to ensure public safety and not to harass opponents of President Muhammadu Buhari. In a statement on Sunday, Falana said the police ought to demonstrate impartiality and neutrality in handling political matters. He cited instances where the police have arrested, detained and charged [...]

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    Falana demands immediate arrest of soldiers who killed policemen over Wadume

Falana demands immediate arrest of soldiers who killed policemen over Wadume

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has demanded the arrest and prosecution of soldiers who killed policemen during the arrest of Hamisu Bala, a suspected kidnap kingpin better known as Wadume, in Taraba state. On August 6, 2019, policemen attached to the intelligence response team of the force, who arrested Wadume were shot dead by soldiers. Three policemen and two civilians were killed during [...]

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    Insufficient supreme court justices worsening prison congestion, Falana tells Buhari

Insufficient supreme court justices worsening prison congestion, Falana tells Buhari

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says insufficient justices at the supreme court is one of the main causes of prison congestion in the country. In a letter dated June 9 and addressed to President Mohammadu Buhari, Falana asked the president to ratify the appointment of four justices recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC) for elevation to the [...]

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    Falana-led coalition blames FG, states for rise in COVID-19 cases

Falana-led coalition blames FG, states for rise in COVID-19 cases

The Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), a coalition of over 70 labour and civil society organisations (CSOs), has blamed governments at all levels for the spike in coronavirus cases in the country. So far, Nigeria has recorded a total number of 8,915 COVID-19 cases, and while 2,592 patients have been discharged, 259 have died. In a statement on Friday, the [...]

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    Falana: Appeal court judges are empowered to hear matters in high court 

Falana: Appeal court judges are empowered to hear matters in high court 

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says appeal court judges are empowered to return to the trial courts to hear cases.  The supreme court had nullified the 10-year jail term conviction of Ude Udeogu, a former director of finance and account at the Abia government house who was convicted for fraud alongside Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of the [...]

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    Falana asks Ehanire to publish full report on investigation into ‘strange deaths’ in Kano

Falana asks Ehanire to publish full report on investigation into ‘strange deaths’ in Kano

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria, has asked Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, to publish the full report of the investigation into the recent deaths in Kano. On April 22, 2020, at the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, Ehanire announced that a special medical team had been deployed to investigate the deaths in Kano. TheCable had reported the confusion in [...]

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    Falana to CJN: Ask judges to hear urgent cases via Skype, Zoom

Falana to CJN: Ask judges to hear urgent cases via Skype, Zoom

Femi Falana, senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has asked the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) to make arrangements for judges “to hear urgent applications via Skype or Zoom during the lockdown”. Ibrahim Muhammad, the CJN, had issued a directive suspending all court sittings indefinitely following the lockdown measures put in place by the federal government and some state governments to curb the [...]

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    Withdraw troops from COVID-19 restriction enforcement, Falana tells Buhari

Withdraw troops from COVID-19 restriction enforcement, Falana tells Buhari

Femi Falana, a senior advisor of Nigeria, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw armed troops from enforcing COVID-19 restrictions. His advice is premised on reports of human rights abuses by troops enforcing regulations and restrictions put in place by the federal government to curb the spread of COVID-19. "Last week, some video clips which were in circulation exposed the [...]

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    Falana asks Buhari to stop soldiers from enforcing COVID-19 regulations 

Falana asks Buhari to stop soldiers from enforcing COVID-19 regulations 

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop soldiers from enforcing the COVID-19 regulations.  Buhari on Sunday ordered a two-week lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja, and also signed the quarantine regulations 2020.  Restating his argument that the deployment of soldiers to enforce the lockdown was illegal, Falana, in a statement on Thursday, said videos [...]

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    Falana: FG needs legal backing to enforce regulations on COVID-19

Falana: FG needs legal backing to enforce regulations on COVID-19

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the federal government needs legal backing to enforce its regulations to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. The lawyer said this in reaction to a comment made by Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture. The minister had threatened that those who flouted the government's directives to contain the virus would be dealt with according to the [...]

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