Femi Falana: Blasts Federal Government Over Fulani Herdsmen Attacks

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Human right lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) took swipes at the Federal Government security apparatchik including inspector general of police, Solomon Arase, the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai over the reoccurring killings by Fulani herdsmen across Nigeria.

Falana who is reacting over the activities of the herdsmen said the inspector general of police ought not to wait for a presidential order before taking action on the Fulani herdsmen.

Speaking on Channels television on May 9, the lawyer wondered why the police IG should wait for a Presidential Directive before swinging to action and he also questioned the role of Nwodibo Ekechukwu, the ex-commissioner of police in Enugu State.

Ekechukwu was in charge of Enugu Police Command until recently when  Fulani herdsmen attacked Ukpabi Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani local government area of Enugu state were scores of local residents were killed.

Falana said the transfer of the ex-police boss in the state is not enough as the community had alerted the governor who then alerted the commissioner of police but failed to take actions. He said all heads of security agencies- commissioner of police, Director of state security service and Army commander in Enugu are guilty of security negligence and should be dealt with. Attacking the Chief of Army Staff, Falana said Nigerian army has no business with internal security unless in an extreme condition.

He also said Buratai has no moral right to harass Nigerians and teach on how to protect lives and properties in Enugu after it allegedly killed and buried Shi’ites in Kaduna state last December. He also took swipe at the police for extra judicial killings and failure to prosecute criminals it regularly parade before media.

“What happens to armed robbery suspect and kidnap suspects after the parade? They are simply extra judicially executed. I go to court regularly; I cannot remember when last armed robberies were brought to court. In 2014, 532 armed robbery and kidnap suspect were paraded all over the country and I went to the police to get the court were these criminals were being arraigned but I got no response,” Falana said.

 

 

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