- Femi Falana alleged that the security forces breached the rights of the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria who protested recently in Abuja
- Falana wants the security personnel to be prosecuted
- The senior lawyer wonders why the leader of the Shi'ite movement in Nigeria, El-Zakzaky should remain in custody over two years after his arrest
A senior lawyer in Nigeria, Femi Falana, has criticised the federal government for the continued incarceration of El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), as well as the handling of a recent protest by his members.
Channels Television reports Falana as saying in a statement that the security forces breached the fundamental rights of the protesters.
“The violent disruption of the peaceful rally of the Shiites was carried out by security forces outside the ambit of the law. The security forces breached the fundamental rights of the protesters to life, freedom from torture, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.
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“Meanwhile, the federal government has not adduced any justifiable reason why it has continued to incarcerate the Elzakzakys in utter contempt of the Federal High Court.
“If the federal government is genuinely desirous to stop the protests, it has to comply with the valid and subsisting judgment of the Federal High Court forthwith,” the statement read in part.
The human rights lawyer said the Nigeria Police Force is required by law to provide adequate security for any group of Nigerians demonstrating for or against the government.
The senior lawyer also demanded for the prosecution of those who disrupted the protest for culpable hom*cide.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that the police command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday, April 16, said it arrested 115 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria ( IMN) during a violent protest in Abuja.
The police also debunked stories in the social media that some lives were lost. “No life was lost in the violent protest as the police operatives deployed to quell the protest were professional in handling the situation,” police spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah said.
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