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Falana Petitions Human Rights Commission, Seeks Release Of Man Illegally Detained By Secret Police In Lagos




Falana and Falana Chambers, the workplace of a famend human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has demanded the speedy launch of 1 Mr Abiodun Emmanuel Ilesanmi illegally detained by operatives of State Safety Companies (additionally referred to as Division of State Companies).


In line with the lawyer, the key police operatives invaded the residence of Ilesanmi at Alapere/Ogudu Property in Lagos at midnight of April 2, 2021.

The sufferer is a rice dealer on the widespread Mile 12 Commodity Market of Ketu, Lagos, who was now identified to have dedicated any identified offence. 

His residence and store had been additionally stated to be ‘clear’ after they had been searched by the SSS officers. 

This was contained in a letter by Falana & Falana Chambers, dated Could 5, 2021 and addressed to the Govt Secretary of the Nationwide Human Rights Fee located at 19, Aguiyi Ironsi Avenue, Maitama, Abuja.

Within the letter written on Wednesday and made out there to SaharaReporters, the Chambers claimed that the SSS requested for a Senator or Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to face as a surety earlier than Ilesanmi might be launched.

“At about 2am on 2nd April, 2021, a workforce of armed officers of the State Safety Service, Shagisha, Lagos State, broke into our shopper’s home at Alapere/Ogudu Property Lagos, searched the complete home, and carted away cash, paperwork and different worthwhile gadgets.

“On the finish of the unlawful search, the SSS officers arrested our shopper with no warrant of arrest and took him away. A couple of hours later, our shopper was later taken to his store at Mile 12 Commodity Market by the armed officers of the SSS which was searched with no search warrant. Though nothing incriminating was discovered, the officers took away 2 baggage of rice.

“However that our shopper has not dedicated any prison offence identified to the regulation, he has remained within the custody of the SSS since 2nd of April, 2021 with no remand order. In response to our utility of the discharge of our shopper, the SSS demanded that we produce a surety who should be a Senator or a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Other than the truth that our shopper has not dedicated any offence to warrant the manufacturing of a surety, he’s not ready to discover a Senator or Minister to face as surety for him.

“Assuming with out conceding that our shopper dedicated an ‘offence’ for being in possession of two baggage of rice, it has nothing to do with the safety of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. To that extent, the case file should have been transferred to the Nigeria Customs Service or the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee for investigation and doable prosecution if it established that our shopper dedicated any offence.

“Having regard to the information and circumstances of this case, you’ll agree with us that our shopper’s basic rights to non-public liberty and dignity of the human individual as assured by sections 34 and 35 of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Articles 5 and 6 of the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Enforcement and Ratification) Act have been violated by the SSS with none authorized justification in anyway.

“We’re due to this fact compelled to request you to make use of your good places of work to prevail on the administration of the SSS to launch our shopper from unlawful custody forthwith.

“Settle for our assurances of the best skilled esteem whereas we await your constructive response to our request,” the letter stated. 

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