Saturday, November 28, 2020

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has said that Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) cannot take over Omoyele Sowore's case because he filed the case.

AGF and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had earlier on Friday ordered the country’s secret police, Department of State Security (DSS) to hands off the trial of detained activist, Sowore.

Malami said the trial would now be handled by his office.

But Falana in a statement said it was not a take over because it was the AGF that filed the Sowore's case and farmed it out to Dr. Hassan Liman SAN.

He added that the activist was subjected to a 4-hour interrogation on Thursday.

The lawyer said the interrogation pertained to Sowore’s alleged links with the proscribed Boko Haram sect, IPOB and IMN.

The statement said, “In spite of the directive of the AGF to take over the case the SSS subjected Sowore to a 4-hour interrogation yesterday (12/12/19). The entire interrogation pertained to Sowore’s alleged links with the proscribed Boko Haram sect, IPOB and IMN which he vehemently denied.

”At Sowore’s instance a member of the legal defence team Mr. Abubakar Marshal witnessed the marathon interrogation. The plan of the SSS is to charge Sowore with terrorism in line with the unsubstituted allegations of presidential media aides.

“In view of the foregoing we urge the AGF to file a nolle prosequi motion without any further delay to end the macabre dance which has exposed the country to avoidable embarrassment.”

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