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Falana To Chime: Your Wife Briefed Me On Her Illegal Detention

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Chime-FalanaHuman Rights Activist and Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has debunked the claim by Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State that he did not receive a request from the state’s First Lady, Clara Chime, to help save her from illegal detention at the Government House, Enugu, on the orders of her husband, the governor.

Recall that Gov. Chime had on Wednesday, in company with Clara, her doctor and other relatives, denied media reports that he detained his wife, saying she was only kept indoors due to her health challenges.

Clara, who refused to speak at first when requested to do so by her husband, however, managed to corroborate Gov. Chime’s claim by denying that she reached out to Falana to help secure her freedom from the alleged house arrest.

She had also denied sending any petition to the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, alleging unlawful detention by her husband.

But the fiery lawyer in a statement on Thursday, maintained that Chime’s denial of detaining his wife was diversionary, alleging that the governor was only attempting to justify “the illegality” by claiming that his wife had a medical challenge.

Falana stated, “With respect to Mrs. Clara Chime, I wish to say, without any fear of contradiction, that I have her instructions in writing to challenge her illegal detention at the Government House, Enugu.

“Through the assistance of some of the security personnel in the Government House, she has since spoken to me on phone to confirm her instructions. Indeed, Mrs. Chime’s mother and her personal physician have also been in touch with me urging me to take all appropriate measures to secure her freedom from Governor Chime’s illegal confinement.

“From his nocturnal press conference, Governor Chime confirmed the allegation that he had held his wife in illegal custody. He attempted to justify the illegality by alleging that his wife has “a medical challenge”.

“When Governor Chime was recently medically challenged, he was not subjected to solitary confinement in the Government House but flown abroad for adequate medical treatment.

“But Mr. Chime has conspired with his private physicians to sentence his wife to unwarranted mental torture and psychological trauma in a room in the Government House for the past four months. If Mr. Chime’s claim is correct that the wife is non compos mentis, when was the Enugu Government House converted to a psychiatric hospital?”

The lawyer also demanded that the governor should “release his wife from illegal custody and be warned not to divert attention from the brutal abuse of the rights of his wife.

“If he and his doctors are convinced that she is medically challenged they should send her to a hospital for quick recovery!”

-PUNCH

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  1. R.Bassey

    November 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Well said……the woman may have corroborated the Governors claim under duress…..do you have house medications or physicians in Nigeria ? Falana Sir save that woman’s life

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

#EndSARS protesters in Osun

The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on Saturday, escaped an attack by thugs which happened while he was addressing #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, the state capital.

Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Hold Enugu State Govt Responsible If Anything Happens To Us – Phyno, Kcee, Zoro

As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.

While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Forms Panel Of Enquiry

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.

This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.

The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.

Also Read: BREAKING: EndSARS: Gov Sanwo-Olu reveals identities of policemen who harassed protesters

The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).

Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.

There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Seyi Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.

The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.

He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.

“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”

It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.

It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.

She died at the age of 81.

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