Human rights activist, Mr Femi Falana (SAN) has called on the federal government and itâ€™s agents to immediately release from detention Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu as ordered by the court.
Falana described as impunity the continued refusal of State Security Service (SSS) to obey the court order admitting the two men to bail or to re-arraign them on fresh charges.
The lawyer, who stated this in a press statement he issued in
Lagos yesteday, also stressed that if the government was aggrieved
by the order admitting Col Dasuki to bail it should have challenged
it at the Court of Appeal.
He said, â€œOne of the reasons why Nigerians voted for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) during the last general elections was his promise to fight corruption and end impunity in the country.
Upon winning the election, President Buhari further pledged to abide by the Rule of Law. To that extent, he has a duty to ensure that all organs and officials of the government operate within the ambit of the law.
In particular, he should not allow overzealous security
personnel to engage in any form of impunity and thereby expose the
government to unwarranted embarrassment.
The decision of the SSS to ignore the order admitting Col Dasuki to bail coupled with the failure to re-arraign him on fresh charges is tantamount to impunity in every material particular.
If the federal government was aggrieved by the order admitting Col Dasuki to bail it should have challenged it at the Court of Appeal.
Much as the Nigerian people are fully behind the Buhari
Administration in the patriotic move to recover the looted wealth
of the nation, the federal government should be advised to ensure
that the procedure for the loot recovery meets the tenets of the
rule of law.
The SSS and other security agencies should therefore refrain from allowing corruption to fight back by playing into the hands of the criminal suspects who have committed crimes against humanity by diverting money earmarked for the procurement of arms and armament to fight the terrorists.
In the same vein, the order admitting the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, to bail should also be complied with. If the federal government has other charges against both suspects it should file them in the court.
There is no provision for keeping criminal suspects at the pleasure of security officials. Meanwhile, all valid and subsisting orders made by courts in favour of criminal suspects should be obeyed without any further delay.
To ensure that suspects are no longer held in custody in any part of Nigeria without any legal justification section 34 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act has imposed a duty on the Chief Judges to designate a Chief Magistrate and a Judge of the High Court to visit all police stations and other detention centres within their jurisdiction, at least once a month.â€