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Falana drags Chief Judge to Court

The human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), filed a lawsuit against the Presiding Judge of the Federal Superior Court, Abdul Kafarati, for allegedly not having appointed judges to conduct a monthly inspection of the detention centers of the anti-graft agencies.

In the complaint with the number FHC / / CS / 764/19, whose copies were made available to journalists on Sunday, Falana said he wrote a letter of September 7, 2018 to Mr. Kafarati, urging him to comply with the obligation legal to appoint judges to visit detention centers with the jurisdiction of the Federal Superior Court.

He added that on June 29, 2019, he wrote a reminder to Judge Kafarati, advising him to comply with this legal obligation.

The main defender said that he wrote a similar correspondence to the President of the Supreme Court of the Federation, the Superior Court of the Superior Court of the Territory of the Federal Capital and the President of the Supreme Court of Lagos, urging them all to comply with similar legal provisions. He said that, unlike Kafarati, they have since appointed visiting judges.

Falana said that despite the several cases of arbitrary detention in the various detention centers, Kafarati has not complied with the legal provision.

The lawsuit says, in part, “The plaintiff, therefore, is seeking a court statement that the defendant can not appoint the judges to conduct the monthly inspection in the detention centers of the Department of State Security Services.

(SSS), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC, for its acronym in English) and other detention centers of all agencies of the federal government in compliance with section 34 (4) of the Criminal Justice Administration Act, 2015 is wrong and illegal.

“A statement that, according to the express provisions of article 34 (4) of the Criminal Justice Administration Act of 2015, the defendant has a legal obligation to appoint judges to perform the monthly inspection in detention centers of the Department of Security of the State.

“Services (DSS), Commission of Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) and other detention centers of all agencies of the Federal Government.”

Falana also requested a mandatory order from the court that obliges the accused to appoint judges to carry out the monthly inspection in the detention centers of the SSS, EFCC and others. Meanwhile, the lawsuit has not yet been assigned to a judge.

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