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BREAKING: Femi Falana blasts Buhari govt, insists protest march not treason

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has criticized the administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari for taking drastic measures against people considered critical.

Falana said this by insisting that the protest march planned by the 2019 presidential aspirant of the African Action Congress, AAC, Omoyele Sowore and some other people was not a treacherous crime.

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The activist lawyer’s claim follows Sowore’s arrest by the State Department of Service, DSS. GISTOK had reported that Sowore had called for a national protest rally against what he described as a corrupt government.

The protest that he called “Revolution now” was planned for Monday, August 5. After Sowore’s arrest, the Nigerian Police Force described the protests planned by Sowore and some people as “treacherous crime and acts of terrorism. He promised to resist any act that could lead to a violation of law and order in the country.

However, Falana, in a statement he signed and issued on Sunday, responded to the police’s claim and said the Force had capitalized on the use of the word “revolution” to criminalize protests.

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The statement says: “Undoubtedly, the Nigerian Police Force has capitalized on the use of the word” revolution “to criminalize protests. If the revolution has become a criminal offense in Nigeria, why were the accused not accused? APC leaders for claiming to have carried out the democratic revolution of Nigeria that ended the PDP’s 16-year term in 2015?

“Why was Dr. Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, the presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) not threatened with treason when he asked the Nigerians to rise for the revolution through the 2019 general elections?

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“All Nigerian senators led by APC members did not commit treason or terrorism when they spent an hour and a half on May 14, 2019, to discuss the timely motion of Senator Chukwuka Utazi on” Closing the gap between those who have and those who do not they have to cut. Sprout the seeds of an impending violent revolution?

He noted that “it is worrisome that the Buhari administration has decided to expand the scope of the Terrorism Prevention Act (Amendment) to cover people and organizations that criticize official policies or perceived marginalization within the federation.”