Falana Asks NBA To Discipline Lawyers In Buhari Cabinet

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Foremost Human rights lawyer , Mr Femi Falana ( SAN ) , has asked the Nigerian BarAssociation, NBA TV deal decisively with lawyers in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari over the travails of Omoyele Sowore.

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He said his legal team would meet on Saturday to determine the next line of action.

He said there were 10 lawyers with four of them Senior Advocates of Nigeria , who ought to live up to their oath to defend the Constitution and other laws of the country , by ensuring that the rule of law was observed by the government.


The SANs in the cabinet are Vice President Yemi Osinbajon ( SAN ) , Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of State for Labour , Mr Festus Keyamo ; and Minister of Works and Housing , Mr Babatunde Fashola.


He said , “ Even though President Muhammadu Buhari has a duty to caution the Department of State Services , the blame of the desecration of the court today ( Friday) rests squarely on lawyers in government , who are under a duty to ensure that the rule of law is observed.


“ They have all taken the oath to respect the Constitution and other laws of the country. That Constitution guarantees the independence and impartiality of the courts.


“ They therefore cannot sit in a cabinet under a regime that terrorises the courts and subverts the rule of law.


“ It is a matter the Nigerian Bar Association should take up against the lawyers in the cabinet by instituting disciplinary proceedings against them. ”
Faulting the arrest of his client , he described it as contemptuous.


He also noted that it was not backed by any arrest warrant or detention order of court .

He said , “ There is no warrant of arrest , there is no detention order . What the DSS did today was the height of contempt of court.


“ Nobody is above the law . You either abolish the courts or allow them to function effectively.


“ This is a situation where the DSS operatives invaded the court and forced the judge to adjourn proceedings ; they chased the judge out of her court , disrupted the proceedings and forced the judge to adjourn all cases.

which cannot be accepted in any civilised society. This has never happened in Nigeria where you take over a court forcefully in order to arrest an unarmed citizen.



“ You remember that it was the illegal invasion of the National Assembly by masked DSS men that led to the dismissal of the former DG, DSS , by this government.


“ So for the same barbaric conduct to occur again is unacceptable . This is a regime that parades 10 senior lawyers, including four Senior Advocates of Nigeria . ”


Asked if he had been informed of any reason why his client was rearrested or whether he was going to be freshly , he said “ no ” .

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