Ordinarily, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), would be threatening legal fireworks by now over the continued detention of all those involved in the $2.2 billion arms deal scandal but the human rights lawyer has chosen a different approach this time, insisting that they must not be allowed to go scot-free.
Mr. Falana made the call on Wednesday in an interview with newsmen on the sideline of the official opening of Amnesty International Office in Abuja.
The Lagos lawyer, who represented some soldiers and officers tried by a Military Court General Martial for mutiny, acts of cowardice and disobeying their superiors among others while they were deployed in the North East to fight Boko Haram, hinted that he would be filing a petition before the International Criminal Court of Justice to ensure that perpetrators of the arms deal funds were tried for crimes against humanity.
“Nobody must invoke human rights; those who stole the money meant for procuring arms must not go unpunished.
“No lawyer must be permitted to invoke human rights to cover these crimes against humanity because they go beyond just stealing”, Mr. Falana stated.
He added that “We are only talking of those who are alive, how about those who have been killed recklessly because of this kind of irresponsibility on the part of a few people”.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria insisted that “The EFCC has not violated any law in keeping those who are alleged to have turned the office of the NSA into a bazaar market where huge funds were being distributed”.
While commenting on the recovery of stolen funds by government officials in past administrations, Falana canvassed for the opening of a special account to house the funds for infrastructural development.
“The Nigerian people must insist that the Muhammadu Buhari administration should open a dedicated account – not TSA, don’t take it to the Central Bank, it shouldn’t be shared – where all money recovered from those who have looted the wealth of the country will be warehoused for the infrastructural development of the country”, he advocated, insisting that “It should not be taken to the Federation Account”.
Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism
This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.
Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.
He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.
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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.
PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC
Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”
Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.
He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”
You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola
In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.
Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.
“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.
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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.
“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.
“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.
“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.
“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”
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