Mr. Femi Falana has reacted to the clash, between the combined team of armed soldiers, police and state security service personnel is totally unacceptable in a democratic society.
The group’s lawyer and human rights activist, said: “The violent attack unleashed on the Shi’ites yesterday afternoon by a combined team of armed soldiers, police and state security service personnel is highly condemnable in a democratic society.
According to Falana,“It is highly condemnable as it was uncalled for. In order to press for the release of their detained leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife the Shi’ites have staged peaceful protests in Abuja since last week. “This morning (yesterday), security forces attacked the peaceful rally, killed some of the protesters and injured others in a barbaric attack in a desperate bid to stop the Shi’ites from further exposing the lawlessness of the Federal Government.“In the process, the security forces breached the fundamental rights of the protesters to life, freedom from torture, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has not adduced any justifiable reason why it has continued to incarcerate the El-Zakzakys in utter contempt of the Federal High Court. “If the Federal Government is genuinely desirous to stop the protests it has to comply with the valid and subsisting judgment of the Federal High Court forthwith. “It is pertinent to point out that while it is completely illegal to deploy soldiers to shoot and kill protesters, the Nigeria Police Force is required by law to provide adequate security for any group of Nigerians demonstrating for or against the government.
“Accordingly, the violent disruption of the peaceful rally of the Shi’ites was carried out by security forces outside the ambit of the law. Those who carried out the violent disruption of the peaceful rally ought to be prosecuted for culpable homicide” Falana advocates.
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