- Chief Femi Falana believes that Nigeria is facing an emerging dictatorship under the Buhari government
- The human rights lawyer made the comment while speaking about the travails of his client, Omoyele Sowore
- Falana lamented that last Nigeria witnessed such a scenario in the judiciary was during the colonial era
Human rights lawyer and activist, Chief Femi Falana, SAN, has expressed concern over the bail conditions imposed on his client, Omoyele Sowore.
Falana said he is worried that the bail condition if met, would confine the Sahara Reporters publisher to a specific part of the country.
He said the last time such a restrictive condition was levied on someone, happened during the colonial era.
Falana stated this in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, on Saturday, October 26 during the 2019 annual general conference of the Committee for Defence of Human Rights (CDHR).
He cited activist trade unionist, late Pa Imodu whose movement was restricted to Auchi, Edo state, for three years by court order before he was eventually allowed to relocate to Lagos.
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He called on the nation’s human rights groups to wake up, unite and return to the trenches to battle an emerging dictatorship in the country.
He also urged all activists and human rights groups to reenact the same activism that saw the exit of the military regime from power in the country.
“No dictator can defeat the Nigerian people because people united can never be defeated,” he stated.
“I can recall that of pa Imodu, he was restricted to Auchi area for three years before he could come back to Lagos, that is where we are,” he lamented.
Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare are yet to perfect the bail granted him on Friday, October 4 by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The duo are on trial for treason but they were granted bail in a ruling by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, under stringent conditions.
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