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Rights body bemoans Kanu, Dasuki persecution

30 November 2015, 12:31Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The cases against Nnamdi Kanu, the pro-Biafra activist, and former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, prove President Muhammadu Buhari has reneged on his promise to restore the rule of law.

This is according to the Good Governance Advocates, the pro-democracy group.

“It is a truism that President Buhari promised many things and one of which was adherence to the rule of law. Surprisingly, this particular promise is gradually going to the bin of denial.

"Earlier we thought the judicial flagrant was as a result of the lacuna created by lack of Attorney General of Federation but the music has not changed,” said Ifedayo Obi, an executive of the group.

“For keeping Nnamdi Kanu behind the bar beyond stipulated time frame before charging him to court and after brought him before court yet bail was denied, is a departure from a democratic government that practises FOI Act. Kanu might not be absolute but his fundamental right must be respected.”

Kanu was arrested on October 18 for allegedly financing terrorism.

Also Read: Nnamdi Kanu - Beyond the propaganda

This followed protests for the independence of Biafra from Nigeria.

While he has secured bail, he remains behind bars.

Obi also mentioned the case against Dasuki.

He is facing charges of corruption and theft. These are based on the contentious arms deal.

The Department of State Services has defied court orders by not handing him his passport to enable him travel for medical attention.

“His prosecution has gone to persecution except for those that cannot discern the script,” said Obi.

Obi bemoaned the “perpetual silence” of those human right activist lawyers amid the alleged persecution of Kanu and Dasuki.

“Are they scared of another decree 4? It is Kanu and Dasuki today, tomorrow it may be another person,” said Obi.

- CAJ News


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