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Monday, January 8, 2018

Femi Falana Lashes Out, Condemns President Buhari For Being A Dictator, Gives Immediate Order That Must Be Obeyed


Great Tension!!! Femi Falana Lashes Out, Condemns President Buhari For Being A Dictator, Gives Immediate Order That Must Be Obeyed

Human Rights Activist, Femi Falana, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release the Cameroonian freedom fighters who are demanding for independence in the Southern part of the country, Ambazonia.

Recall, that the freedom fighters were arrested in Nigeria by the officials of the Department of State Security Services, DSS, who allegedly invaded their hotel in Abuja.
Falana who made this disclosure in a statement on Sunday night said: “On Saturday, January 6, 2018, a team of armed officials of the DSS invaded Nera Hotel in Abuja, and arrested seven leaders of the Southern region of Cameroon agitating for the Independent State of Ambazonia.
“The arrested freedom fighters are: Mr. Sikiku Tabe, the leader of the group. Others are Professor Che Awasum, Mr. Nalowa Bih, a Lawyer, as well as Dr. Fidelis Che, Dr. Nfor Ngala Nfor, Dr. Henri Kumeng and Dr. Cornelius Kwanga. They have since been held incommunicado at an undisclosed place by the DSS. The detainees have been denied access to their Lawyers, Doctors, and family members, contrary to the provisions of the United Nations Minimum Standards for the Treatment of Prisoners.”
Falana said since the Cameroonians entered Nigeria legitimately, their arrest and detention by the Federal Government cannot be justified under the law.
“As Africans, the detainees are entitled to the human rights to personal liberty, freedom of association, and freedom of expression guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution. Furthermore, their unquestionable and inalienable right to self-determination is protected by article 20 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, which has been ratified by both Nigeria and Cameroon”, he stated.
“We are therefore, compelled to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the immediate release of the detained Cameroonian freedom fighters without any further delay. Since Nigeria has no extradition treaty with Cameroon, the Attorney-General of the Federation lacks the vires to initiate extradition proceedings under the Extradition Act (E25) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 for the extradition of the detained Cameroonian freedom fighters”, Falana noted.
He further disclosed that although the Federal Government is under pressure from the Paul Biya regime to hand over the detainees to the security forces in Cameroon, it has to be realised that the detainees are entitled to reside or visit Nigeria without any molestation. To that extent, the Federal Government has no power whatsoever to hand them over to President Biya.
“The detained Cameroonian freedom fighters deserve to be released unconditionally from the unlawful custody forthwith. Instead of using the DSS to fight the proxy war of President Biya, the Federal Government should direct the DSS and other security forces to collaborate with the Nigeria Police Force, to fish out the criminal elements that have unleashed mayhem on the people of Benue State”, Falana added.

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