Femi Falana’s Statement & Isa Tchiroma’s Statement; Where is President Ayuk-Tabe & Co?
Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN) has decried what he described as the illegal deportation of 12 “Cameroonians” who were recently detained in Abuja.
In a statement yesterday, Falana said:
“The 12 Cameroonians, who were abducted on Saturday, January 6 at Nera Hotel in Abuja on the orders of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd), were illegally detained in an underground cell at the headquarters of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) in Abuja.
“The abductees were held incommunicado as they were denied access to their lawyers, doctors and families, contrary to the Constitution of Nigeria and the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights Act. However, the deputy representative of the Office of United Nations Commissioner for Refugees to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms Brigitte Mukanga-Eno, was allowed to visit them in their detention dungeon last week.
“Since we were denied access to our clients, we filed an application at Abuja Judicial Division of the Federal High Court to secure the enforcement of the fundamental rights of our clients.
“When we received information last Friday that arrangements had been concluded to repatriate them to Cameroon, we made contacts with top officials of the Federal Government who assured us that Nigeria would not breach the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. We also contacted Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees, which immediately took up our complaint with the Federal Government. The commission made it clear to the Federal Government that some of the detainees had been granted political asylum while it was processing the applications of others for political asylum in Nigeria.
“However, we have just received information that the detained Cameroonians, together with 39 others who were arrested in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital last week, were secretly repatriated to Cameroon last Friday on the illegal directive of the NSA.
“While the Federal Government is ashamed to break the news, the Government of Cameroon is currently celebrating the repatriation of our clients. Since there is no extradition treaty between Nigeria and Cameroon, the repatriation of our clients is a reckless demonstration of impunity by the NSA. The repatriation is contemptuous of the proceedings pending before the Federal High Court.
“Having exposed Nigeria to unprecedented ridicule before the international community, the NSA ought to be removed from office by President Muhammadu Buhari without any delay. “
Reading the statement of Barrister Falana in between the lines, and the press release issued by colonial minister Tchiroma, has raised further questions which the Nigerian government through the office of the NSA and the government of LRC must answer in relation to the kidnapped leaders.
Can NIGERIA for once, make a public statement on the whereabout of the abducted leaders?
If Yaoundé is keeping them, can they brandish them to the public? Don’t they like to show off the results of their diplomatic relations with Nigeria?
Have the leaders been assassinated and Yaoundé now playing with time to clone same-like persons to show the public?
If the lawyer Femi Falana, who is basically the most prominent human right legal figure in NIGERIA was assured by the Nigerian authorities and the UNHCR that Nigeria would not violate international law, under what circumstances then were the kidnapped leaders sent to Yaoundé as claimed by Tchiroma?
If Yaoundé claims to be in possession of the kidnapped leaders, where then are they? Aren’t they interested in brandishing their game on live tv as usual? This is especially when they refer to the leaders as terrorists from Nigeria.
Are the leaders still alive? If the colonial minister celebrates on tv that they have received 51 “terrorists” from Nigeria, then they have the responsibility to present them to the public. Ambazonians have the right to see them.
La Republique du Cameron and the office of the National Security Adviser of Nigeria must be held responsible and made to produce the leaders in public. It is not all about declaring that they are terrorists, but where are the “terrorists”? When a leaders of a terrorist gang are captured, don’t they appear before the Cameras?
BaretaNews is still treating news of the alleged assassination of the leaders as a rumour and we challenge the Nigerian government to officially make a statement that they were already smuggled into La Republique du Cameron. If not, they should produce them in the Nigerian courts. Also, since LRC is celebrating their arrival in Yaoundé, we challenge them to produce them in public, even if it is just the 12 man leadership.
Death or Alive, Nigeria and LRC must produce the interim President of Ambazonia and all others kidnapped in NIGERIA with the complicity of the Nigerian government and LRC.