Legal Luminary, Falana Speaks On Sheikh Zakzaky, Islamic Movement, Continued Protests, Other Issues

The foremost human rights lawyer and counsel to the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife, Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate in Nigeria (SAN) has again spoken on the continued Detention of in contempt of court judgement and the recent refusal of the Kaduna High Court to grant the ailing duo bail. He also spoke on a wide range of issues bothering on the Islamic Movement and their protests. Watch here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2510495488991020&id=100000917809603 Advertisements

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NHRC Replies Falana On Illegal Killing Of 492 Shiites: “Your Complaint Is Receiving Attention”

The National Human Rights Commission has written a reply to Barrister Femi Falana, SAN on his letter of request for the investigation of the illegal killing of at least 492 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria by the Nigerian Army and Police between 2014 and 2018, stating that the complaint is receiving attention. You will be informed of the outcome of our investigation on the matter in due course. The reply referenced C/2017/075/HQ, dated 7th November 2018 and signed by Valerie .U. Duruh of the Civil and Political Rights Department…

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Falana Demands Names Of 294 Citizens In DSS Detention

A human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), on Tuesday wrote to the Acting Director-General of the Department of State Services (also known as State Security Service), Matthew Seiyefa, demanding the names of 294 Nigerian citizens allegedly held in the agency’s custody illegally. Falana, whose request relies on the provision of the Freedom of Information Act, threatened to sue the agency if his demand was not met within seven days. Although he thanked Seyeifa for honouring his earlier letter dated August 20, 2018 by releasing some persons who had been…

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Falana Writes New Acting DSS Director, Calls For Release Of Sheikh Zakzaky, Others

The renowned human rights activist and chief Counsel to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana SAN, has written a letter to the new acting DSS director, Mr Mathew Seiyefa calling for the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky and hundreds of others being illegally detained by the security outfit. Below is the full text of the letter. August 10, 2018 Mathew Seiyefa Esq., Acting Director-General, State Security Service, Maitama District, Abuja. Request for the urgent release of hundreds of persons detained illegally by the State Security Service. We congratulate…

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Lawyers Granted Rare Access To Sheikh Zakzaky, Wife

The team of lawyers standing for Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky were this evening granted a rare access to their client, only for the third time ever in the nearly two and half years of his incarceration. Led by the lead counsel, Chief Femi Falana SAN, the brief meeting was held at the Kaduna headquarters of the State Security Service, with Barr Maxwell Kyon, esq also in attendance. The meeting discussed crucial matters relating to the legal cases and the way forward. It will be recalled that the Sheikh and three others…

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Falana reacts to SERAP’s petition to UN over FG’s disobedience to court

Femi Falana, human right activis,t has reacted to the petition by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) to Mr. Diego García-Sayán, UN Special Rapporteur on President Muhammadu Buhari’s disobedience to court rulings and orders. The organisation, in a petition dated May 11, 2018 to the UN, lamented the Federal Government’s habit of picking and choosing court judgments to obey. SERAP in its petition urged García-Sayán to use his good offices to prevail upon President Buhari to ensure the sanctity of the country’s constitution as well as respect for the country’s…

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Falana, Others Electrify Free Zakzaky Protest In Abuja

Today’s Free Zakzaky campaign procession and rally took a different colouration as foremost human rights activist and lead counsel to Sheikh Zakzaky, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) was among those who gave an exciting address to the mammoth crowd that participated in the rally in front of the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja.

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Sheikh Zakzaky Case: Appeal Court Frowns At Contempt Of Court By FG

Today the Federal Appeal Court sitting in Abuja in the appeal filed by the Federal government against the judgement of Justice Kolawole of the Federal High Court Abuja, frowned at how the government disobeyed the judgement of the lower court. When responding to the application by the government’s lawyer for an extension of time to file his response to the counter affidavit filed by the Sheikh’s lawyers drawing the attention of the appeal court that the judgement has not being complied with, the three Judges hearing the appeal sought to…

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After The Contemptuous Media Parade The Federal Government Must Release The Elzakzakys – Falana (SAN), Lead Counsel To Sheikh Zakzaky

Last week, it was widely rumoured in the social media that Sheik Ibraheem Elzakzaky had died in the illegal custody of the State Security Service . Although I was compelled to dismiss the dangerous rumour via a public statement I requested the federal government to release the Shiite leader and his wife for urgent medical attention. Instead of acceding to my request the State Security Service misinformed Sheik Elxakzaky and his wife of the readiness of the Federal government to release them after a media parade to assure the Shia…

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