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FG should release both Dasuki and Kanu without delay — Femi Falana




Report has it that; Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), calls on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release the embattled ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, as ordered by the courts.

In a series of interview with him, he said: “To the best of my knowledge, President Buhari has never ordered the military invasion of any community or illegal demolition of the homes of the poor. But having promised to end impunity, he has a duty to call every security agency to order whenever the rights of Nigerians are violated. Citizens can be rearrested as many times as possible if there is a reasonable suspicion that they have committed criminal offences. But once such suspects are charged and granted bail by a court of competent jurisdiction, the order should be obeyed. If the government is aggrieved or dissatisfied with the order releasing any criminal suspect on bail, it can challenge the order at the Court of Appeal.”

As far as I am concerned, it is illogical for a judge to grant bail to a man or woman who stole billions of naira meant for job creation only to turn round and refuse bail to a young man forced to engage in armed robbery due to unemployment. We are compelled to remind our judges that between 2003 and 2007, no politically-exposed person charged to court by the EFCC was granted bail in Nigeria. Go and check the record.

It is important that both Dasuki and Kanu were granted bail. (The Federal Government should) release them on bail or charge them to court without any further delay as one bail does not cover all criminal offences. In fact, Nnamdi Kanu was charged with treason. He said he did not want a particular judge to try him. Take him before another judge. I defended Henry Okah who was charged with treason under the Yar’Adua administration. He was tried in camera in Jos. He was refused bail. If the government has fears that Dasuki will run away, there are ways of dealing with the situation under the law. From the information at my disposal, the EFCC has other charges pending against him. Since this is not a security matter ‘stricto sensu’, let the Department of State Services stay away and stop embarrassing the government. The EFCC is competent to handle a clear case of unprecedented looting of the treasury. The rule of law requires that the infraction of the law by any criminal suspect be dealt with under the rule of law and not under the rule of man. He said.

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