LAGOS-The fury and Anti-corruption crusader, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP), has frown at Mr. Abubukar Malami (SAN), the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, for treason felony filed against the publisher of Sahara reporters, and Convener of #RevolutionNow. Mr. Omoleye Sowore, and Olawale Bakare. SERAP also asked the minister to enter a nolle prosequi to terminate the charges filed against the duo.
Meanwhile, in their letter on Sunday, released by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oludare, SERAP noted that the charges which centred on insulting President Muhammadu Buhari, would only make a mockery of the Nigerian criminal justice system but a bad precedent of dictatorship and infringement of fundamental human rights against innocent Nigerians, who ordinarily has the right to demand for a better governance.
SERAP further asked the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to activate his power of nolle prosequi under Section 174 of the constitution to terminate the charges against Sowore and Bakare, and other similar undermined cases going on in several states.
The letter reads,“Sowore’s case and several similar cases instigated/brought by state governors make a hideous mockery of Nigeria’s criminal justice system, rule of law, freedom of expression and media freedom.
“These cases are persecution and not prosecution. As a guardian of the public interest, you (Malami) have a role to end this travesty now, and to maintain the sanctity and integrity of Nigeria’s justice system.
“These cases set a dangerous precedent for the misuse and subversion of the justice system, which may lead to the politicisation of judiciary. This will be bad for everyone – ordinary citizens, journalists and even the politicians in power, as they may themselves become targets of these repressive and abusive tactics when they are out of power/in opposition.”
SERAP noted that in as much they do not support crime and injustice, Nigerian government must allow citizens to express their rights irrespective of political affiliation, and prosecute any perceived offenders fully in compliance with human rights and the rule of law. It could be recall that Sowore, was arrested on August 3, after he planned a protest, he called RevolutionNow, which some commentators and social critics said that DSS misunderstood the plights of Sowore, who does not possess what it takes to executive a revolution.
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