Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, has accused the federal government of treating bandits with kid gloves while waging a war on Shiites, journalists, and IPOB members.
Falana in a statement released on Sunday, October 3, said bandits are not different from Boko Haram insurgents
who are seen as terrorists. He accused the federal government of “deliberately refusing”
to declare bandits as terrorists.
His statement in part reads;
“For reasons best known to the Federal Government the criminal elements who are currently involved in
the brutal killing of innocent people and abduction of thousands of people including primary school pupils in
the North West Zone are called bandits and not terrorists,” the statement reads.
It is undoubtedly clear that the criminal elements who abduct unarmed citizens, kill them, or release them
after collecting ransom to the tune of several millions of Naira are terrorists.
The criminal elements who attack and down military planes are terrorists also the criminal elements who attack police stations and seize weapons to attack innocent people are terrorists.
Furthermore, The criminal elements who attack correctional centres and release inmates therein are terrorists. The criminal elements who destroy government properties or public facilities are terrorists. But the Federal Government has deliberately refused to declare the bandits terrorists and prosecute them.
Furthermore on his Statement:
In August 2019, the State Security Service arrested and detain Mr. Omoyele Sowore for planning a peaceful rally against the Buhari administration. While he was in detention, there was a secret application of SSS for an ex parte order
to have Sowore detained for 90 days for the purpose of investigating his alleged terrorist activities. Even though there was no evidence supporting the application of the order of the Federal High Court on the detainment of
Sowore for 45 days. At the end of the investigation the SSS confirmed that there was no scintilla of evidence linking Sowore to terrorism.
Recently, the Kaduna State High Court dismissed the charge of culpable homicide against Sheikh Ibrahim Elzakzaky and his wife. Completely dissatisfied with the verdict the Kaduna State Government has charged them with terrorism.
And sequel to the proscription of the MIN the police and the army engage in routine extrajudicial execution of
scores of Shiites for embarking on peaceful protests in Abuja and other states in the North. However, while
the Federal Government is waging a full-scale war against the Shiites, IPOB members and journalists it has
continued to treat the so-called bandits with kid glove.”
By Taiyelolu A