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    Falana: Use of presidential jet for private event by Buhari’s family illegal

Falana: Use of presidential jet for private event by Buhari’s family illegal

Femi Falana, senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop members of his family from using aircraft in the presidential fleet. Falana said the use of aircraft in the presidential fleet by members of the first family for private events is not backed by law. Hanan Buhari, the president's daughter, had flown in a presidential jet to Bauchi on Thursday for [...]

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    ‘I’ve never asked Buhari to suspend rule of law’– Falana denies Akintola’s claim

‘I’ve never asked Buhari to suspend rule of law’– Falana denies Akintola’s claim

Femi Falana, senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says he never asked President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the rule of law in fighting corruption.  Falana’s statement followed a 2016 interview now making the rounds where Niyi Akintola, another senior lawyer, said Falana and himself rose in defence of Buhari at an event in Washington, US.  Akintola was responding to a question about the raid [...]

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    Falana: Malami exposed judiciary to ridicule over Sowore’s release

Falana: Malami exposed judiciary to ridicule over Sowore’s release

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, exposed the judiciary to ridicule through his comment on the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement.  Upon the release of Sowore and Sambo Dasuki, a former national security adviser (NSA), Malami had claimed that the government was right in detaining both despite court orders granting them bail. Malami [...]

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    ‘Free El-Zakzaky to prove Buhari’s new respect for courts’— Falana writes Malami

‘Free El-Zakzaky to prove Buhari’s new respect for courts’— Falana writes Malami

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has again asked the federal government to release Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). In a letter dated January 2 and addressed to Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), Falana said he is making the request in line with the pledge of President Muhammadu Buhari to respect [...]

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    Falana to Malami: You can’t release anyone out of mercy… apologise to Sowore, Dasuki

Falana to Malami: You can’t release anyone out of mercy… apologise to Sowore, Dasuki

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says Abubakar Malami, minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation, lacks powers to order the release of any detainee out of mercy. Falana said this while responding to Malami’s claim that he ordered the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow movement, and Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser, on compassionate grounds. Malami had said the [...]

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    ‘Third term agenda kicked off in September’ — Falana replies Garba Shehu

‘Third term agenda kicked off in September’ — Falana replies Garba Shehu

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the presidency is attacking him for challenging support groups that are behind the "third term agenda". Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, had accused Falana of spreading fake news over his claim that there are plans for the president to get another term. But in a statement on Wednesday, Falana said the third term agenda for Buhari [...]

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    Free El-Zakzaky too, Falana tells FG

Free El-Zakzaky too, Falana tells FG

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has asked the federal government to release Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).  He made the demand while reacting to the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of Revolution Now Movement. The Department of State Services (DSS) had refused to free Sowore despite court orders until Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the [...]

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    Falana: Buhari obeyed court orders as military head of state

Falana: Buhari obeyed court orders as military head of state

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says even when military dictators felt dissatisfied with court decisions which challenged their authority and set aside some of their policies, they never justified disobedience of court orders. In an essay released on Sunday, Falana said President Muhammadu Buhari obeyed court orders between 1984 and 1985 when he was military head of state. There has [...]

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    Falana to Malami: You risk being removed as AGF if you fail to release Sowore

Falana to Malami: You risk being removed as AGF if you fail to release Sowore

Femi Falana, senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says Abubakar Malami risks being removed as the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) if he fails to secure the release of Omoyele Sowore.  Last Friday, Malami took over Sowore’s case from the Department of State Services (DSS), and with this development, Falana, counsel to the activist, asked him to use his office to secure Sowore’s release. The AGF, however, [...]

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    ‘Ask DSS to release Sowore’ — Falana writes Malami 

‘Ask DSS to release Sowore’ — Falana writes Malami 

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has asked Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), to secure the release of Omoyele Sowore from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS). Malami had on Friday taken over Sowore’s case from the DSS, after operatives of the agency broke into a courtroom trying to rearrest Sowore.  In a letter dated [...]

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    Falana: DSS looking for evidence to nail Sowore despite AGF’s directive

Falana: DSS looking for evidence to nail Sowore despite AGF’s directive

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says Abubakar Malami,attorney-general of the federation (AGF), sacked the prosecution team in the case involving Omoyele Sowore, convener of Revolution Now Movement, after the invasion of the court. Sowore, who was briefly released by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday, was rearrested less than 24 hours later. On Wednesday, Malami sent a letter to Yusuf Bichi, [...]

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    Falana: DSS has sent another delegation to apologise for court invasion

Falana: DSS has sent another delegation to apologise for court invasion

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the Department of State Services (DSS) sent a delegation to the court on Monday afternoon. Speaking at the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting event in Lagos, Falana said the delegation visited the court to apologise for invading the premises. The secret police had invaded the federal high court in Abuja on Friday to rearrest Omoyele [...]

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    ‘Justice becoming a thing of the past in Nigeria’ — Davido condemns DSS rearrest of Sowore

‘Justice becoming a thing of the past in Nigeria’ — Davido condemns DSS rearrest of Sowore

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    ‘It has never happened before’ — Falana speaks on Sowore’s rearrest in court

‘It has never happened before’ — Falana speaks on Sowore’s rearrest in court

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the rearrest and assault of Omoyele Sowore in court is ''extremely embarrassing''. He said it is the first time an arrest is being effected in a courtroom in the country. The DSS rearrested Sowore and Olawale Bakare at the federal high court in Abuja, on Friday, less than 24 hours after they were released on the [...]

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    PHOTOS: Falana receives Sowore after release from DSS custody

PHOTOS: Falana receives Sowore after release from DSS custody

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, was among those who received Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement, who has been in Department of State Services (DSS) custody since August 3. The activist was released on Thursday evening after an order by a federal high court in Abuja. Below are some pictures with Falana: [...]

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    The move to transfer us to prison is frivolous, Sowore, Bakare tell FG

The move to transfer us to prison is frivolous, Sowore, Bakare tell FG

Omoyele Sowore, converner of RevolutionNow Movement, and Adebayo Bakare, his co-defendant, have described the application by federal government to transfer them from the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) to prison, as "frivolous". The duo, who were arrested in early August, have been in DSS custody despite court orders on their release. The federal government had charged Sowore with treasonable [...]

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