Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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    Falana asks NBA to probe state attorneys for ‘refusing’ to prosecute murder suspects

Falana asks NBA to probe state attorneys for ‘refusing’ to prosecute murder suspects

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has requested the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) to investigate the attorneys-general in various states for their “refusal” to prosecute murder suspects.In a letter addressed to Abubakar Mahmud (SAN), NBA president, Falana asked the association to probe the state attorneys for “failing” to investigate “criminal elements engaged in the reckless killing of innocent citizens” in the country.He [...]

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    Falana: Shame on governors for allowing FG usurp police power

Falana: Shame on governors for allowing FG usurp police power

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says it is a shame on governors for allegedly allowing the federal government to usurp power of the police.In an interview with ThisDay, Falana said Nigeria is largely ruled by "ignorance, incompetence and arrogance".He lamented the spate of killings without "sincere efforts" on the part of the government to proffer lasting solutions."The nation is largely ruled [...]

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    Falana writes IGP, demands reports of investigations into large-scale killings

Falana writes IGP, demands reports of investigations into large-scale killings

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has written a letter to Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), requesting reports of probes into various large-scale killings.In a letter dated February 14, the lawyer demanded the reports on killings which occurred from 2011 to 2017.He said the demand was necessitated by the failure to prosecute armed gangs that have engaged in the “mindless” [...]

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    DSS lacks the power to summon IBB’s spokesman, says Falana

DSS lacks the power to summon IBB’s spokesman, says Falana

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the Department of State Services (DSS) lacks the power to summon Kassim Afegbua, spokesman of former military President Ibrahim Banangida.The secret police invited Afegbua to its headquarters in Abuja shortly after he had honoured a similar invitation from the police.The police had declared him wanted over a statement he issued on behalf of his principal [...]

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    Falana writes Buhari: Extradition of Cameroon separatist leaders could attract UN sanction

Falana writes Buhari: Extradition of Cameroon separatist leaders could attract UN sanction

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the extradition of some Cameroonian sepratist leaders could attract sanction from the United Nations.On January 26, the federal government extradited separatist leaders, who were arrested at a hotel in Abuja.In a letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, Falana said the deportees were not illegal immigrants.The lawyer said they were gathered at the Abuja hotel to [...]

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    ‘Court didn’t order his removal’, ‘He should quit’ — Lawyers argue over ruling on Magu

‘Court didn’t order his removal’, ‘He should quit’ — Lawyers argue over ruling on Magu

The high court judgment regarding the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by the senate seems to have raised more questions than answers.What now becomes of Magu? Is it against the law for him to continue in that position? How long can he continue to function in acting capacity?John Tsoho, a judge [...]

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    Falana: Obasanjo had the opportunity to be great but he chose to install corruption

Falana: Obasanjo had the opportunity to be great but he chose to install corruption

Femi Falana, human rights activist, has urged former President Olusegun Obasanjo to stop insulting the collective intelligence and memories of Nigerians having "instituted the culture of impunity in the country".Falana spoke in Benin on Friday, while reacting to Obasanjo’s special statement last week, which asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election.The human rights activist said Obasanjo had the opportunity [...]

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    Falana: This govt is failing in its ‘most basic’ duty

Falana: This govt is failing in its ‘most basic’ duty

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the government is failing in its "most basic" duty of protecting citizens.The lawyer said this while reacting to a claim by Amnesty International that the deployment of soldiers in various communities had resulted in “excessive use of force, unlawful killings and extrajudicial executions.”Osai Ojigho, country director of the organisation, had said that at least 35 [...]

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    Falana: Africa’s education syllabus still in colonial era

Falana: Africa’s education syllabus still in colonial era

Femi Falana, senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says Africa's educational syllabus is still stuck in the colonial era.Falana made this comment in a paper titled 'The Politics of Education in the Developing World: The African Perspective' which was delivered at the convocation lecture of The West African Union University, Cotonou, Benin Republic on Saturday, January 26.He warned that “Africa is being [...]

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    Falana: A committee to end herdsmen killings? They are just deceiving Nigerians

Falana: A committee to end herdsmen killings? They are just deceiving Nigerians

Femi Falana, lawyer and rights activist, says the federal government is “chasing shadows” by setting up a committee on the herdsmen killings in the country.On Thursday, the national economic council (NEC) headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo constituted a 10-man working committee, including nine governors, to address the killings.But Falana disagreed with the council on the move. He said the current [...]

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    Falana: This govt can’t justify decision to treat herdsmen as sacred cows

Falana: This govt can’t justify decision to treat herdsmen as sacred cows

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the Buhari administration cannot justify its decision to "treat herdsmen as sacred cows" after it crushing other armed groups.In a statement on Tuesday, Falana said herdsmen who are armed should be disarmed by the government.The lawyer said the "much delayed" ranches should be established by the government as a solution to the frequent clashes [...]

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    Falana speaks on arrests of separatist leaders, asks FG not to declare war on South Cameroonians

Falana speaks on arrests of separatist leaders, asks FG not to declare war on South Cameroonians

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has asked the federal government to release the Cameroonian leaders arrested in Abuja.On Friday, security forces arrested leaders of Ambazonia separatist movement, a Cameroonian group seeking independence from the Francophone country.The Cameroonians, numbering about 10, were picked when the group was having a meeting at Nera Hotel in Abuja.In a statement over the weekend, Falana [...]

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    SARS made up of soldiers who have been trained to kill, says Falana

SARS made up of soldiers who have been trained to kill, says Falana

Femi Falana, senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) is made up of members of the armed forces who are trained to kill.Falana said the SARS operatives accused of extra-judicial killings and brutality are trained soldiers.In an interview on TVC, the rights advocate spoke on the demand by Nigerians for SARS to be scrapped."SARS was actually [...]

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    Falana: SARS operatives becoming a problem — even for the police

Falana: SARS operatives becoming a problem — even for the police

Femi Falana, lawyer and rights activist, says operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS), a police unit, are becoming a problem "even for the Nigeria police force".The senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said this when he featured on a Channels TV programme.Falana agreed that SARS operatives were "overstepping their boundaries" but he said necessary regulations to checkmate their activities had [...]

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    Falana writes Buhari: DSS embarrassing your govt with unlawful arrests

Falana writes Buhari: DSS embarrassing your govt with unlawful arrests

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has accused the Department of State Services (DSS) of “embarrassing” the current administration through “illegal” arrest and detention innocent citizens.In a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, the lawyer alleged that the secret police is using its operations to settle personal scores.Falana said contrary to Buhari's promise to ensure “responsible and accountable governance at all levels [...]

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    Falana sues FCDA for N100m over manhole accident

Falana sues FCDA for N100m over manhole accident

Femi Falana, lawyer and human rights activist, has sued the federal capital development authority (FCDA) after claiming he fell into a manhole.Falana had said the accident which took place on October 27, forced him to use a walking stick.“I broke my leg and I am even wearing Plaster of Paris and I was even hospitalised. So, I won’t like the ordinary Nigerian leave [...]

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