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Falana tackles Malami, says he embarrassed FG over Sowore’s release


Femi Falana, human rights lawyer has again tackled Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation over Omoyele Sowere’s matter.

Falana said Malami embarrassed the Federal Government and also exposed judiciary to ridicule through his comment on the release of Sowore.
Shortly after Sowore and the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki were released by the Department of State Security, Malami had said that the Federal Government was right in detaining them despite court orders granting them bail.
The attorney general also denied that the two men were released as a result of international pressure, saying the FG released them out of compassion.
But in a statement on Sunday, January 5, 2020, Falana said Malami put himself under undue pressure and also exposed the judiciary to ridicule over Sowore’s release.
He said, “Since the release of Sowore and Dasuki from illegal custody on December 24, 2019, the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami SAN has put himself under undue pressure.
“In the process, he has embarrassed the executive and exposed the judiciary to ridicule. After announcing that he had directed the state security service to release Sowore and Dasuki from custody in compliance with the court orders that had granted them bail the justice minister turned round to say that the release was an act of compassion and mercy on the part of the executive.
“With respect, the minister’s statement is factually and legally erroneous in every material particular. If the justice minister has had time to review Sowore’s case file which he had withdrawn from the State Security Service he would have confirmed that no appeal was filed against the two decisions of the federal high court which admitted him and his co-defendant, Mr Olawale Bakare to bail.
“Instead of challenging the orders granting bail to Sowore and Bakare at the court of appeal, the State Security Service had actually attempted to constitute itself into an appellate court over the federal high court by insisting on approving the sureties that had been verified by the trial court.
“As defence counsel, we rejected the illegal request to produce the sureties before the director-general of the State Security Service until the Honourable Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu gave him a 24-hour ultimatum to release the duo from illegal custody.”
“Since no notice of appeal or motion for stay of execution was ever filed by the federal government against the orders of bail for Sowore and Dasuki, the justice minister ought to tender a public apology for misleading the Nigerian people. However, if the justice minister can produce any notice of appeal or motion for stay of execution in respect of the two cases, I will publicly apologise to him for misleading the Nigerian people.”
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