Falana requests that FG release Bawa from DSS custody immediately.
The Federal Government has been asked to order the release of Abdulrasheed Bawa, the former head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), according to a request made by Femi Falana, a human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). continue Reading
Falana highlighted that the remand order against Bawa had already expired; the cumulative lifespan of a remand order, as stated under the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), is 56 days. Bawa has been held longer than allowed by the Act and the Nigerian Constitution, so the DSS needs to be told to free her from unjustified custody as soon as possible.
Despite having a history of disregarding court rulings while in office, Godwin Emefiele and Bawa, the former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor and Director of Public Prosecution at the Federal Ministry of Justice, urged that the Federal Government should make sure that their rights are honored.
“All Nigerian public servants who regularly act as if there is no tomorrow should learn a lesson from the fate of the two suspects. The government, which is subject to the law, is required by the law to respect citizens’ basic rights only to the extent that this is permitted by the Constitution, he added.
By saying: “I requested the Federal Government to charge the two detained suspects before a court of competent jurisdiction, if there was evidence they had committed criminal offenses,” Falana reiterated that he had previously sought the immediate release of Emefiele and Bawa.