Basic freedoms legal advisor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, has requested President Muhammadu Buhari to call the Minister from Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.
He expressed this in an assertion on Wednesday in response to the comments of the priest on the report of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and different issues.
Falana noticed that President Buhari had told United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, during a gathering as of late that state legislatures would need to make strides on the reports of their boards before the Federal Government would follow up on the suggestions.
He focused on that by his activity, Mohammed has overruled the President by dismissing the report of the board in Lagos in the interest of the Federal Government.
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The senior backer additionally blamed the pastor for offending the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, by dismissing the report of the board founded by him under the Tribunal of Enquiry Law of the state.
Lead representative Sanwo-Olu, as indicated by him, has been given a done deal by the clergyman regardless of that he is as yet concentrating on the report.
Falana blamed Mohammed, saying the activity of the priest sabotaged law and order and civil rights in the land.
He, hence, encouraged the Lagos State government to disregard the dismissal of the report by the pastor, focusing on that the Federal Government’s name was not dressed with any power under the Tribunal of Enquiry Law.
Peruse the full assertion by the legal counselor underneath:
FG Is Not Competent To Reject The Report Of Okuwobi Judicial Commission Of Inquiry
On November 18, 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari held a gathering in Abuja with Mr. Anthony Blinken, the United States Secretary of State. During the gathering, President Buhari said that the state legislatures in the nation would need to make strides on the reports of their boards before the Federal Government follows up on the proposals.
Specifically, the President said, “We at the government need to hang tight for the means taken by the states, and we need to permit the framework to work. We can’t force thoughts on them. National Government needs to sit tight for the response of the states.”
Be that as it may, in an absolute presentation of leader villainy, Mr Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information has overruled the President by dismissing the report of the Lagos Panel in the interest of the Federal Government.
By not pausing “for the response of the states,” the Minister has overruled the President of the Republic. As though that was adequately not, the Minister chose to affront the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu by dismissing the report of the Judicial Commission organized by him under the Tribunal of Enquiry Law of Lagos State. In this manner, the Governor who is as of now concentrating on the report has been given a done deal by the Minister. To the extent Mr. Mohammed is concerned, the Governor should toe his line since the Lagos.
Mr Mohammed has depicted the 309-page report of a Judicial council as “counterfeit news”. As a legal advisor of numerous years standing, the Minister should have realized that it is the stature of haughty disdain to portray the report of a Judicial Commission of Enquiry established under the Tribunal of Enquiry Law as “counterfeit”.
It is lamentable to take note of that the Minister has neglected to understand that the Lagos State Government isn’t an augmentation of the Federal Government however a sovereign substance under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Since the name of the Federal Government isn’t dressed with any power under the Tribunal of Enquiry Law, the implied dismissal of the report by the Minister should be treated with scorn by the Lagos State Government.
In a public interview hung on October 20, 2021, Mr. Mohammed had reviewed that the National Economic Council had “guided State Governors to quickly advance duplicates of conclusive reports of the boards to their Attorneys-General for brief arraignment and arraignment of all prosecuted people. Where occurrences in the reports identify with issues of discipline, notwithstanding indictment, NEC encouraged the Nigeria Police Force to make a disciplinary move on the impacted officials in accordance with the arrangements of the Police Act 2020.” Has Mr. Mohammed overruled the aggregate choice of the National Economic Council?
Nonetheless, it is appropriate to bring up that Mr. Mohammed’s remark on the report needs creativity as it is a simple spewing forth of the embittered perspectives on a few wronged people. The two people have attempted, yet fruitlessly, to ruin the discoveries and suggestions of the body.
In a frantic endeavor to deceive the Governor, both wronged people have been lobbying for the complete dismissal of the report due to the supposed disparities and irregularities contained in the record. Almost certainly, these people are qualified for offer their viewpoints on the report of the Commission. Be that as it may, the require the dismissal of the report is illicit in each material.
In December 2015, the Nigerian Army slaughtered many Shiites in Zaria and hastily covered their bodies in a mass grave at Mango in Kaduna State on the sets of the then Chief of Army Staff. Despite the fact that Mr. Mohammed said that the report of the destructive assault was a trick, the Justice Garba Judicial Commission of Enquiry organized by the Kaduna State Government affirmed a loss figure of 348 Shiites.
Six years from there on, the specialists have disregarded the proposal of the Judicial Commission that the guilty parties be indicted. The Lagos Judicial Commission of Enquiry acknowledged the proof of criminological specialists such that 99 dead bodies were unloaded in the different morgues in Lagos State during the fights. Mr Mohammed has portrayed the slaughter as “counterfeit news”.
At last, Mr. Mohammed’s hard remark on the virus murder of unarmed residents at the Lekki Toll Gate is his very own pitiful token experience under similar powers of brutalisation. On August 8, 2014, Mr. Mohammed, the then Publicity Secretary of the APC had left Lagos for Osogbo, Osun State on the side of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s re-appointment bid.
Soon thereafter, it was accounted for that he had been abducted by a group of hooded agents of the State Security Service. I was stirred from my rest by Governor Aregbesola who mentioned me to help with looking for Mr. Mohammed. Nonetheless, a few hours after the fact, I was soothed when it was accounted for that he had recovered his opportunity.
However, the PDP excused the grab story as a trick radiating from the fertile creative mind of Mr. Mohammed. Having totally crossed to the opposite side of the political separation, Mr. Mohammed helpfully respects insight about the unfortunate slaughter of unarmed residents as phony.
Mr Mohammed’s means sabotage law and order and civil rights in the land. President Buhari should call him to arrange.
Femi Falana SAN