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Nigeria’s Most Feared Lawyer Steps In, Calls on Buhari To Release Ambazonia Leaders

 

 

 

 

 

Nigeria’s Most Feared Lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) Wants Ambazonian Freedom Fighters Released

Fire brand Lagos lawyer, and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Femi Falana, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order the immediate release of the detained President of the Interim government of Ambazonia and his collaborators, the Nation News Paper has reported. He also cautioned the federal government against releasing the freedom  fighters to the colonial President of La Republic du Cameroun (LRC), Paul Biya.

Falana, said in a statement issued in Lagos yesterday that this was because Nigeria has no extradition treaty with LRC.

A team of armed officials of the State Security Service (SSS), had on Friday,  invaded Nera Hotel in Abuja and arrested the President of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia, Sisiku Ayuk-Tabe and 9 other leaders.The others arrested are: Professor Che Awasum, Barister Nalowa Bih, Batister Eyambe Elias, Dr. Fidelis Che, Dr. Nfor Ngala Nfor, Dr. Henri Kimeng, Dr.  Cornelius Kwanga, Dr. Ojong and Mr. Tassang Wilfred.

According to the Nation, they have since  been held incommunicado at an undisclosed place by the SSS. The detainees have been denied access to their lawyers, doctors and family members contrary to the provisions of the United Nations Minimum Standards for the Treatment of Prisoners.

Reacting to the development, Femi Falana contended that the Attorney-General of the Federation also lacks the vires to initiate extradition proceedings under the  Extradition Act (E25) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004  for the extradition of the detained Ambazonian freedom fighters. Although the federal government  is under pressure from President  Biya  to hand over the detainees to the security forces of LRC, the learned silk pointed out that the detainees are entitled to reside or visit Nigeria without any molestation .

“To that extent, the federal government has no power whatsoever to hand them over to President Paul Biya. The detained Cameroonian freedom fighters deserve to be released unconditionally from the unlawful custody forthwith. Instead of using the SSS to fight the proxy war of President Paul Biya, the federal government should direct the  SSS and other security forces to collaborate  with the Nigeria Police Force to fish out the criminal elements that have unleashed mayhem on the people of Benue State”, he said.

Falana argued that since the Ambazonians entered Nigeria legitimately, their arrest and detention by the federal government cannot be justified under the law. “As Africans, the detainees are entitled to the human rights to personal liberty, freedom of association and freedom of expression guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution. Furthermore, their unquestionable and inalienable right  to self determination is protected by Article 20 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights which has been ratified by both Nigeria and Cameroon.

Having failed to crush the ideas which recently led to the demand for the State of Biafra by the members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra the (IPOB), the federal government should not attempt to provoke the marginalized people of Southern Cameroons by frustrating their legitimate demand for an independent state of Ambazonia” he continued:

“Since the federal government has not succeeded in completely defeating the dreaded Boko Haram sect, it should not declare war on the people of Southern Cameroons and thereby further expose the displaced people of Bakassi to reprisal attacks”, he further advised.

From the above submission by the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, BaretaNews contends that, the decision by the Nigerian secret service to arrest the President of the IG and his collaborators is good for the revolution.

All outstanding legal matters between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Cameroons relating to the issues at stake must be brought to the table. Nigeria must allow Mr. Biya finished his declared war on Ambazonia alone. Mr. Biya and his cohorts must prove to Nigeria and the world that Ambazonia is part and parcel of LRC.

James Agbor, BaretaNews Political Analyst.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. movis

    January 8, 2018 at 2:10 PM

    what are we doing now

    • pete

      January 8, 2018 at 2:46 PM

      Brainstorm like never before. The struggle continues and there’s no going back at this point.

      • George

        January 8, 2018 at 2:55 PM

        Your comment was great.

    • Atem Bakia

      January 8, 2018 at 2:50 PM

      You will find out and it will not be published anywhere in advance.

  2. Malis

    January 8, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    while we address the current situation, it is of absolute importance that temporal replacement are immediately put in place for all our leader in detention, this is a must even if they are just to play dummy. We should not just keep their positions vacant while we fight for their release.

    Also, all those responsible for communication must coordinate and give daily a briefing out even if it is just a minute long and repetitions of the same thing so as to inform Ambazonians and keep us all mentally attached.

    We are in the position to easily suppress the psychological attack and come out even stronger.

    Just as we counted on our leaders now in detention, so do we count on the remaining leadership. It’s now your turn and we know you guys got it.

    We raise never to fall.

    • George

      January 8, 2018 at 2:58 PM

      Don’t replace them. Not now. There position within the freedom movement gives them somekind of protection.

      • Malis

        January 8, 2018 at 10:59 PM

        OK,I accept.

  3. Molle

    January 8, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Hey George, what’s up with the breaking news, I guest you were just lying hum. When I tell you guy’s that am bazooka leaders are in Yaoundé I’m not making this up Read what the lawyer said (undisclosed) location I won’t give details on how this whole OP was carried out cuz under classified information I’m just happy the nightmare of my English speaking people are now over From a Tiko-Boy

  4. Enow Kumba

    January 8, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    mr Molle!Who told you this is over?.You can arrest all,even kill them all but this will continue because it is an idea already well entrenched in peoples mind.You can kill people but you cannot kill idea’s.New leaders are going to pop up and the struggle continues ok!Just flash back a year behind when all this started.Mballa Fontem and co were arrested and incacerated did it solve the problem no instead it accelerated it.I blame completely this lazy corrupt tribal neo colonialist k leg dictator for allowing things to detiorate to this level this is something that would have been handled long ago.So Molle don’t be naive this doesn’t solve the problem ok!A meaningful and genuine dialogue is the only solution to this crisis ok!

    • Alpha na Omega

      January 8, 2018 at 9:47 PM

      Thank you for letting him know. I am sure he is one of those in paul biya government who entered public services without sitting for the exams.let him know that we only have one train stop which is buea. Aluta continua.God will help us.

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