- Femi Falana, a Nigerian senior lawyer, has made clarifications on alleged request of late Isa Funtua to Sowore while in detention
- Falana said he rejected Funtua’s request that Sowore beg Buhari
- Sowore had on Tuesday, July 21, narrated how the deceased and others paid him a visit while he was in the DSS custody
Femi Falana, a Lagos-based lawyer and human rights activist, said he rejected the request of a delegation comprising the late Isa Funtua and two newspaper publishers to prevail on Omoyele Sowore to apologise to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Legit.ng reports that Falana, in a statement titled, ‘On the collapse of secret meetings designed to compromise Omoyele Sowore in custody’, said he also rejected the delegation’s request to have Sowore, who was in detention, to write an undertaking to desist from embarrassing the federal government.
According to him, at the meeting, which held last year in Lagos, Funtua, an ally of Buhari, said “rather condescendingly” that the regime in power could not be defeated.
Falana said he was quick to remind the deceased that the Nigerian people had defeated military dictators to pave way for the current democratic dispensation.
The senior lawyer said his statement on the issue was informed by “incendiary” and “erroneous” account given by a presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, regarding the meeting he had with the delegation.
The report said that Sowore, who was detained by the DSS for over four months in 2019, was visited by the late Funtua, Shehu, the publisher of Vanguard newspapers, Sam Amuka-Pemu; and the publisher of ThisDay Newspapers, Nduka Obaigbena.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the presidency responded to claims by Sowore concerning a meeting he had with late Funtua while in detention.
It was reported that Funtua, an associate of President Buhari and former president of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), died of cardiac arrest on Monday, July 20, at 78.
The report had it that after his death, Sowore, in an interview said the late Funtua led a delegation to meet with him in detention to renounce his Revolution Now Initiative.
Sowore, the publisher of an influential online newspaper, Sahara Reporters, had called for a revolution after he lost the 2019 presidential election.
The Directorate of State Services arrested Sowore in Lagos and took him to its headquarters in Lagos, sparking outrage across the country.
Responding to Sowore's claims, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the newspaper publisher should quit attacking a dead soul.
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