Femi Falana (SAN), Human rights lawyer and counsel to Omoyele Sowore, has disclosed that the federal government is conniving to charge his clients with terrorism.
Falana in a statement on Monday, has revealed that the Federal government, having discovered it’s failure to prove a case of Treasonable Felony and Cyberstalking, has decided to change the charges to terrorism which will therefore give no room for bail.
The convener of the #RevolitionNow protest had been detained for several months by the Department of State Service, DSS.
He was released on bail after an ultimatum was issued by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu but thereafter rearrested in less than 24 hours inside the court premises.
The disdain act of the DSS has been considered a desperate move of the Buhari led administration to silence critics and a great dishonor to the Judiciary.
Falana said, “In comparing Sowore with the Boko Haram sect the presidency said, ‘Nigeria is already dealing with an insurgency that has left millions of people displaced and desperate in the north-east region of country. The Boko Haram militants, who are behind the violence, also fancy themselves to be fighting for some sort of revolution.’ The link is a justification for the planned arraignment of Sowore for terrorism,” Falana said.
“Since it is common knowledge that Sowore and Bakare are not among the well known merchants of violence and coup plotters that had successfully but illegally removed democratically elected governments in Nigeria we are not going to join issues with Mr. Garba Shehu over the highly contemptuous statements credited to him. But as a senior journalist Mr Shehu ought to have known that it is highly unprofessional to subject a man who is held incommunicado to scurrilous attacks in the media. We are however convinced that Sowore will have a right of reply once the fundamental rights of the Nigerian people are restored.”
“It is therefore embarrassing that the federal government which has found it difficult to prove its case in a competent court of law has resorted to the media trial of Sowore…while the charge of treasonable felony is allowed to hang menacingly on the heads of our clients,” he said.
“We are however not going to be tempted to join issues with the Presidency over a case that is pending before a properly constituted court of law. If the Presidency is so sure that our clients committed treasonable felony or any other offence whatsoever it should keep its powder dry and advise the Prosecution to commence the trial without any further delay.”
VIDEO: “Yoruba People Are The Most Primitive Nigerians” — Miyetti Allah
The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has stated that despite the achievement of the Yoruba people in terms of education, they are the most primitive Nigerians in terms of political culture.
The Secretary-General of the group, Saleh Alhassan said this when he appeared on Channels Television’s Tuesday morning to talk about the new security outfit created by South West governors, Amotekun.
According to Alhassan, Miyetti Allah as a group sees Amotekun as an extension of OPC which has a history of violence.
“For us, Amotekun that is the Yoruba tribal militia, it is one of the greatest threats of democracy we have now in place because you cannot empower an ethnic militia that has a history of violent crime because essentially what you have as Amotekun is OPC, Oodua Peoples Congress that has a history of heinous crimes and killings and the proponents of Amotekun has not hidden who their targets are.”
When asked to address his recent comment saying the South West might lose the presidency if they do not scrap Amotekun, Saleh said:
“It is not a blackmail. Unfortunately with strong apologies to my South West friends, despite the education of the Yoruba people, they still remain the most primitive in terms of political culture. They are not tolerant to opposition.”
See the video below:
Miyetti Allah said Yoruba’s remain the most primitive in terms of political culture & that Amotekun was set up to target them!. I still don’t understand this type of romance that Channels TV has with these Buhari kinsmen.. pic.twitter.com/jf1jHXReXk
— SAPIOSEXUAL (@Mazimum_) January 21, 2020
BREAKING: Boko Haram Executes Abducted Adamawa CAN Official
The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Lawan Andimi has been killed by Boko Haram terrorists.
Andimi, who was kidnapped by the terrorists in early January was killed on Monday, by his kidnappers, according to veteran Journalist, Ahmad Salkida in a tweet on his handle @A_Salkida on Tuesday.
“To break some news items can traumatize. I’m battling with one of such. Reverend Andimi, abducted by #BokoHaram was executed yesterday. Rev. Andimi was a church leader, a father to his children and the community he served. My condolences go to his family,” Salkida tweeted.
To break some news items can traumatize. I’m battling with one of such. Reverend Andimi, abducted by #BokoHaram was executed yesterday. Rev. Andimi was a church leader, a father to his children and the community he served. My condolences go to his family. pic.twitter.com/1G9n3RLQjk
— Ahmad Salkida (@A_Salkida) January 21, 2020
A video clip had surfaced days after his abduction in which he was seen pleading with the Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri to rescue him.
“I have never been discouraged, because all conditions that one finds himself …is in the hand of God. God who made them to take care of me. So, the summary of my speech; I am appealing to my colleagues, reverends, particularly my president, Reverend Joel Billy who is a strong man, a man of compassion and man of love. He can do all his best to speak to our governor, Umaru Jibrilla (Fintiri) and other necessary agents for my release here,” he had said.
Nigerians React As Buhari Is Absent At UK Summit Dinner For African Leaders
As part of activities to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit which started yesterday January 20th, members of the Royal family led by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Princess Kate, hosted a cross section of African leaders who are in the UK for the summit, to a dinner reception.
African leaders including Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Rwanda President Paul Kagame, and others were present at the dinner
President Muhammadu Buhari was however not in attendance. He was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
Reacting to the development, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to ask why their president was not in attendance at the dinner.
Some even insinuated Mr. Buhari might have used the opportunity of being in the UK to do a quick medical check-up.
Below are few photos from the event and reactions that have followed.