Femi Falana, a legal luminary and Nigeria’s Senior Advocate, has written to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, requesting information on the charges brought against 400 suspected state supporters of terrorism who were detained in May 2021.
Falana gave the AGF a seven-day deadline to give specifics on the accusations. The angry lawyer requested that the information be provided to his chambers in a letter dated August 3rd, 2021, because the strike called by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) had ended.
“On May 4 2021, it was widely reported widely by the media that the Federal Government had concluded arrangement to prosecute about 400 alleged sponsors and financiers of terrorism in Nigeria. In the said publication, your office assured the nation that the suspects would be arraigned after the industrial action embarked upon by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
“In view of the attacks being unleashed on law abiding citizens by groups surgents in several parts of the country, we strongly commend the move by the Federal Government to prosecute the suspects who were reported to have been arrested in a nationwide operation a few months ago.”
“We, however, request that our law firm be furnished with information with respect to when criminal charges were filed against the suspects since the strike by JUSUN has since been called off.”
“Kindly ensure that we are furnished with the requested information within 7 days of the receipt of this letter in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011.”, the letter read.