State attorney-generals should be investigated over refusal to prosecute murder suspects - Falana

State attorney-generals should be investigated over refusal to prosecute murder suspects - Falana

- Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has raised alarms over the activities of some state attorney-generals who fail to prosecute criminals and murderers in their domains

- Falana cited cases in which certain state attorney-generals pardoned murderers without proper prosecution

- He said that things will get out of hand if the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), fails to probe such judges

Femi Falana, a renown lawyer based in Lagos, called on the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to investigate attorney-generals of states who refused to prosecute suspected murderers in their jurisdictions.

Falana said this in a letter sent to the NBA president, Abubakar Balarabe Mahmud. In the letter dated December 16, 2017, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria argued that unless the NBA is prepared to sanction state attorney-generals who refuse to prosecute murder suspect, their wrong activities will continue, Premium Times reports.

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In the letter Falana said it is disturbing that the NBA has failed to monitor the prosecution of murder suspects arrested by the police or indicted by the judicial and administrative panels of inquiry set up by the federal and state governments to investigate crimes throughout the country.

The letter, among other things, stated: “We have confirmed that the rate of killings in the country has been on the ascendancy due to the refusal of several state attorney-generals to prosecute murder suspects due to political pressure or sheer negligence of duty.”

Falana also cited a case that occurred between 1999 and 2007, in which an official squad was mentioned in the murder of 70 persons in Gombe.

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Fala said that the murder charges filed against the suspects by the police were dismissed by the courts at the instance of the state government.

He further said: “Late Ibrahim Hassan, who demanded for the prosecution of the culprits, was charged with giving false information to the Police by the State government.”

He said that in Ekiti members of an official squad, which allegedly killed some politicians and students in the state between 2003 and 2006, were arrested by the police and charged with murder before a High Court sitting at Ado Ekiti.

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However, while an ex-army captain and his police orderly who allegedly killed the students were convicted and jailed, both convicts were pardoned by the state governor in 2009.

Falana urged the NBA leadership to investigate the issues and the concerned attorney-generals.

Meanwhile, reported that Falana who was representing some freedom fighters deported to Cameroon by the Nigerian government on Friday, January 26, had written President Muhammadu Buhari demanding explanations why such a step was taken by the federal government.

Falana is also asking the federal government to ensure the safety of two members of the group whom he described as "naturalised Nigerians".

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