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Law-abiding Citizens Shouldn’t Be Harassed By A Regime That Negotiates With Bandits, Terrorists – Femi Falana

Valentine Chinyem

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Following the invasion of the secretariat of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights and also the Civic Media Lab on Wednesday by security operatives, Human Rights Lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has berated the President Muhammadu Buhari administration of human rights violation.

According to him, a government that negotiates with bandits and terrorists should not harass law-abiding citizens.

“This morning, the Nigeria Police Force invaded the secretariat of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights and sealed off the place in Lagos,” he said.

“In spite of the fundamental rights of the Nigerian people to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, the police had wanted to disrupt and stop the peaceful meeting of law-abiding citizens to discuss the illegal detention of Omoyele Sowore, Agba Jalingo, Abayomi Olawale and scores of others being incarcerated in various detention facilities in the country.

“Contrary to the order of the Federal High Court that Sowore should be detained for 45 days, the Department of State Services has incarcerated him for 47 days.

“Last week, the Federal High Court turned down the application for the renewal of its order for the detention of Agba Jalingo and Ekanem Ekpo for 14 days.

“In spite of the expiration of the detention order of the two journalists, they are being held by the police in Cross River State.

“Mr Abayomi Olawale, who was arrested on August 5, 2019, has been detained for 45 days by the DSS without any court order whatsoever.

“These detainees and scores of others languishing in illegal custody ought to be released forthwith.

While congratulating the organisers of the symposium for successfully holding the programme at another venue, he added that, “the harassment of law-abiding citizens cannot be tolerated under a regime that is busy negotiating with bandits and terrorists, bribing them with public funds and granting them amnesty.”