A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has been dragged to court by a coalition of Civil Society (CSOs) under the umbrella of Coalition for Justice, on Friday, December 18, over the allegations of instigating the #EndSARS protests against police brutality and bad governance which was later hijacked by hoodlums.
This lawsuit was contained in a statement issued by the convener of the CSOs, Gabriel Ogboji Esq, in Abuja.
Ogboji said that the coalition cannot stand by and watch indifferently as Falana presses on with his quest to institute mob rule in Nigeria; after serially failing to get himself into government through different ploys.
The coalition further added in the statement that they have therefore resolved to launch a judicial challenge against Falana; as they are concerned that he is rehearsing a prelude to anarchy.
It further implored Falana to lend himself to democratic processes; and perish the idea of using mob action to sack a legitimately elected government.
An excerpt from the statement reads; “The Coalition for Justice cannot in good conscience stand by and watch indifferently as Falana presses on with his quest to institute mob rule in Nigeria; after serially failing to get himself into government through different ploys.
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“The terms of reference that Falana’s ASCAB has arrogated to itself in constituting the “citizens’ panel” to investigate the #EndSARS Protests directly usurp the powers so vested in the states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to set up Judicial Panels of Inquiry. Falana, his group – ASCAB; and those he is fronting for have practically created a parallel government.
“We have therefore resolved to launch a judicial challenge against the legality of the parallel citizens’ court; at a time that the Nigerian constitution is being effectively implemented by the statutory entities.
“We are taking this step of dragging Falana with his ASCAB to court; because his dalliance with separatists and terrorist groups is well documented in the briefs he holds; for elements of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB); two organizations that have been either outlawed or declared as terrorist entities; but which Falana has been vehemently defending.
“We see this approach as a ploy by organizations like Amnesty International and Falana’s other sponsors to destabilize Nigeria, which we will never allow. Until the legal case we will institute against him is concluded, we suggest that Falana lends himself to democratic processes; and perish the idea of using mob action to sack a legitimately elected government,” the statement concluded.Photo Credit: Getty