Tag: Femi Falana

#JusticeForTimothy: Sowore Reacts To The Photo Of Ramon Adedoyin On Neck Brace

On November 5, 2021, Timothy Adegoke, a 37-year-old man travelled from Abuja to take an examination at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) distance learning centre in Moro, Osun state.

He was said to have lodged at Hilton Hotel and Resorts, Ile Ife. He was, however, declared missing two days later — only to be found dead. Subsequently, the police arrested and charged Ramon Adedoyin, chairman of the hotel, and six suspects to an Abuja high court for alleged involvement in the murder of Timothy.

The family of the deceased, in a letter dated February 3, 2022, had sought the legal services of human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), to get justice for the family over the gruesome death of their son; and the lawyer had accepted the family’s request.

To ensure that that the killers of Timothy are brought to book, Falana in a letter dated February 4, 2022, and addressed to the police chief, requested that the suspects in the murder of Timothy be transferred to Osun state for prosecution. According to him, since the crime was committed in Ile-Ife, the suspects should have been charged before a court of competent jurisdiction in Osun State.

On February 7, 2022, the Federal High Court, Abuja issued a notice on the discontinuance of the case.

Reacting to the development, Omoyele Sowore wrote on his Facebook page,

“#justicefortimothy: Justice must be done whether they like it or not. The arraignment of Timothy’s killers will take place soon in Osun state. Abuja was meant to be the escape hatch but that has closed down!”

In another development, barely five hours after making the post above, Sowore shared a photo of the suspect, Ramon Adedoyin on a neck brace with the caption:

“#JusticeforTimothy: Suddenly Chief Adedoyin has been supplied with a neck brace, wonders shall never cease. These acts will not delay their day of judgement!”

Buhari’s Decades of Misrule, Lopsided Appointments Fuelling Insecurity, Secession – Falana

A human rights activist, Femi Falana has attributed the security challenges confronting the country and agitations for break-up by several groups to the several decades of the legacy of misrule, lopsided appointments,  bad governance, corruption, and diversion of the commonwealth and anti-people’s policies.

He said killings and kidnapping were on the rise across the country due to the failure of the regime to control the violent attacks on farmers and the destruction of farms by the marauding herdsmen.

Falana stated this on Thursday in Abuja at a Commemorative Anniversary public lecture of 80th Birthday Anniversary of Prof. Omotoye Olorode title ” Labour and the quest for Nigeria’s National Development: Reflection and Prognosis on the Way Forward.

The human rights lawyer noted that it was obvious that the State was not capable of ending kidnapping or rescuing abducted citizens and foreigners thereby forcing family members and friends to pay ransom to the abductors to secure the release of their abducted love ones.

He said the Buhari-led government has run out of ideas and incapable of finding lasting solutions to the worsening security challenge facing the country.

Falana said ” The failure of the regime to control the violent attacks on farmers and destruction of farms by a group bearing AK 47 rifles operating as herders and lopsided appointments by the Buhari administration have fueled the separatist agenda of several groups.

“Despite the programme of its own party for restructuring or power devolution from the center to the other federating units, President Buhari has sworn to defend the status quo. A regime that had negotiated and granted amnesty to terrorists and bandits has rejected the call for dialogue with all separatist bodies in the recent past.

“It is our submission that several decades of a legacy of misrule and bad governance, corruption, and diversion of the commonwealth and anti-people’s policies have led to the ascendancy of insecurity in the country. No part of the country is safe as marauders have been abducting people including undergraduates, secondary school students, and even primary school pupils.

Falana said the country may either break up or engage in a full-scale civil war if the worsening insecurity in all states of the federation and the federal capital territory was not checked.

” Having been overwhelmed by the security challenge the ruling class will not hesitate to sabotage the democratic process or plunge the country into another civil war. No doubt, the central labour unions, and individual trade unions have routinely condemned the booming business of kidnapping.

“Since 2009, the armed forces have been waging the counter-insurgency operations in the northeast region. Realizing that the armed forces are ill-equipped and ill-motivated the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, General Yusuf Buratai has predicted that the war on terror will last for another period of 20 years.

“Since the Nigeria Police Force has been demobilized from maintaining law and order by successive regimes the overstretched armed forces have been deployed and mandated to free many communities that have been overrun by nihilist forces in the various states” Falana stated.