Falana condemns Nigerian Army for ‘illegal’ occupation of property owned by Jonathan’s cousin

Femi Falana
Photo credits: Newsbreakers
Femi Falana Photo credits: Newsbreakers

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call to order soldiers who invaded a property owned by Robert Azibaola in Abuja.

In a statement on Sunday, Mr. Falana described the soldiers’ occupation of the premises of Kakarta Civil Engineering Limited, owned by Mr. Azibaola, former president Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, as illegal.

“The troops who were reported to have driven away the workers in the premises have since seized the property without a court order,” said Mr. Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

“Sequel to the illegal action of the army of occupation, the innocent workers in the company have been dispatched to the unemployment market.”

Armed soldiers, led by an unnamed General, last Saturday seized the property and barred all the workers from entering it, the lawyer said.

The army is yet to issue an official statement for its action.

Mr. Azibaola is facing prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for the diversion of $40 million through One-Plus Holdings, a sister company of Kakarta Civil Engineering Limited, meant for securing oil pipelines contract.

Mr. Azibaola had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

“The implication of the plea is that he is presumed innocent until the contrary is proved by the prosecution,” Mr. Falana said.

“Therefore, if the Nigerian military authorities had wanted to dispossess him of the property in question they ought have applied for a court order.

“But by taking over the property under the pretext that it constitutes a threat to a nearby military barracks the military authorities took the law into their hands.

“The forceful seizure of the property should not be tolerated in a civilized society which operates under the rule of law.”

Mr. Falana called on the federal government to stop members of the armed forces from violating the rights of criminal suspects accused of engaging in the looting of the public treasury.

“By allowing the security forces to adopt Gestapo tactics in the recovery of the loot, the Buhari administration stands the risk of winning undeserved sympathy for the criminal suspects who are standing trial,” he said.

“Indeed, the security forces are unwittingly colluding with corruption to fight back.”

He also accused the army of usurping the functions of the police to maintain law and order in the society, adding that “power drunk military officers” now declare civilians wanted.

“Even under the defunct military junta, the courts never condoned the forceful seizure of the assets of citizens by armed troops,” said Mr. Falana.

“Since the seizure and the illegal occupation of Mr. Azibaola’s property cannot be justified in law the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai should order the immediate withdrawal of the armed troops and sanction the officers who have exposed the nation to ridicule in the circumstance.

“Having regard to the massive infringements of the fundamental rights of the Nigerian people by armed soldiers President Buhari should order the Army to stop interfering in the police duty of maintaining law and order in the country.”

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  • Lorgne

    Why PMB. Let him go to court. All Nigerians know what the Army has done is illegal. The court will not only pronounce it as such but will award damages.

    • PolyGon2013

      Well said.

  • emmanuel

    Buhari is a human error!

    • vagabonds in power

      Nigeria’s military under the command of Alhaji Fulani Bingo Buhari, have admitted that some of her Fulani officers are selling arms and ammunition to Boko Haram, indicating the corruption bedeviling the country’s fight against the Islamic extremists continues despite appeals to the Fulani commanders to halt graft.

      The admission comes three weeks after the Nigerian army said a military tribunal is trying 16 officers and troops accused of offenses related to the fight against Boko Haram, including the theft and sale of ammunition.

      Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, the theater commander in northeastern Nigeria, who ins pite of threat to conceal that issue told a news conference on Thursday that military authorities have confirmed that some soldiers were selling arms and ammunition to Boko Haram. He called it a betrayal of the Nigerian people. He gave no more details.

      • Celsiuzx

        Thanks for bringing this up. This reason alone is why the U.S with the help of John Kerry has signed agreement to be the supplier of arms to the nigerian military knowing that these arms would end up in the hands of extremists from the North. Remember they did not offer GEJ this help but now they are doing it to empower the north to continue intimidating the rest of the country and incase a fight breaks out the north would have more than enough weapon to use against whoever wants to fight them.

        This is what the US js doing to destroy Nigeria and to see that Nigeria doesn’t split cos they benefit from the current system

        • vagabonds in power

          yes the fulani soldiers are dying in the niger delta like goats—————————–cause they have never seen such huge oceans b4–so cannot fight

        • paul irumundomon

          Arms can be bought and sold today with a moment notice. Once the money is there, a ship load of armunitions will be at the shore of choice in Nigeria, in less than 30 days.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Nigeria has sleep-walked into another dictatorship.

  • IZON Redeemer

    The Fulanis and Yorubas–are at again—–The other day it was elrufai a Fulani now governor of Kaduna state—–who seized the Abuja property of Dr. Agary—–an Ijaw woman of subtance————The same way they seized the crude oil wells in the Niger delta with the aid of the Yoruba traitors——————————-The Apes in APC are now back to confiscate the properties owned by Ijaws in abuja–VIA THE COUSIN OF FORMER PRESIDENT JONATHAN———————————-Those mumu Ijaws who still think they are welcomed in Nigeria should now know better—-BY NOW————-Yesterday Buhari sent over 15,000 soldiers to occupy and murder Ijaws in Nembe–Kolo-creeks—–Days ago it was 11 students that the same soldiers drawn from Mali and Chad—–invaded Gbaranmatu———————and murdered 11 students——in their sleep————————–Not one Nigerian army personnel has so far been killed by the militants—–Yet they have in spite of all the provocations remained calm—————————-But Buhari should realize that there is a limit to human endurance———————–The number of Fulani soldiers that died to keep Nigeria one can be counted on the finger tips——————-Those who really laid down their lives to keep Nigeria one—————were the Ijaw militant groups led by Issac Adaka Boro—-whom the Fulani tricked the Yorubas into killing hours after the end of the Biafran war———-Separation is the goal of the Ijaw Nation———————————-Not the fake rule of the Fulanis and Yorubas ati their Ibo surrogates in APC—–Death to any who still still supports the present one sided structure of Fulani ati Yoruba Nigeria—————————–

    • PolyGon2013

      Guess who is defending ya broda.

      • IZON Redeemer

        dont u know he is an Arigbo ijaw man———————mumu

  • Martins

    I don’t think this administration listens to Femi Falana again, they simply see him as one of their own. He has lost that aura of an incorruptible conscience of the nation, he has lost everything that Gani Fawehinmi stood for, he’s now seen as an appendage of the ruling junta. When last did he lead a protest March?? Yet we have had Agatu massacre, Illegal recruitment in the CBN, FIRS and Nigerian Prisons, Buruntaigate, Dambazzugate, Shites massacre etc. I will leave him writings from Rev Martin Niemoller from the Nazi reign who wrote his world famous rebuke against the cowardice of German intellectuals during the rise of the Nazi party: “First they came for the Socialist, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me”

    • paul irumundomon

      No one can be compared to Gani, God bless his memory.

  • PolyGon2013

    I’m with Falana here. A lot of people will be thrown out of work. EFCC can investigate Jonathan’s cousin, and if found guilty, should be made to face the law. However, his company should be left alone.

    • Julius Joel

      Dummy, can;t you see that these are two different cases?

      • PolyGon2013

        Dummy boy, why don’t you break it down.

  • ahmed

    Southerners should stop investing their business in the North. Buhari will cripple all the business belonging to the Southerners. This is just the beginning.

  • Truth Justice Equity

    Good morning to you falana and all treacherous sons and daughters of Judas Iscariot, the free education race,the betrayals, the backstabbers,the Judas kiss specialists.welcome to the change you voted for.

    • paul irumundomon

      A big change they sold in disguise to Nigerians. Apc members buy dollars in cbn sell to poor people on the streets at black market rates, change my foot.

  • vagabonds in power

    Nigerian government rejects call to increase fuel price. If NNPC says it’s not sustainable, it’s simply not sustainable. No two ways about it.

    Fellow Nigerians, get ready for another round of fuel scarcity. The choice is between the devil and deep blue sea. It’s either they increase price and have fuel or refuse to increase price and be good with fuel scarcity.

    Buhari only wanted to become president and be tagged as “former president” hereafter, and you guys simply fell for it. Deal with it. Next, vote right because you can’t afford to have a president who relegated his duties and obligations to the background for six months while trotting the globe just for his selfish aggrandizement (not only taking the opportunity just to shake hands and have photo session with world leaders.)

  • separation is the answer

    The Fulanis and Yorubas–are at again—–The other day it was elrufai a Fulani now governor of Kaduna state—–who seized the Abuja property of Dr. Agary—–an Ijaw woman of subtance————The same way they seized the crude oil wells in the Niger delta with the aid of the Yoruba traitors——————————-The Apes in APC are now back to confiscate the properties owned by Ijaws in abuja–VIA THE COUSIN OF FORMER PRESIDENT JONATHAN———————————-Those mumu Ijaws who still think they are welcomed in Nigeria should now know better—-BY NOW————-Yesterday Buhari sent over 15,000 soldiers to occupy and murder Ijaws in Nembe–Kolo-creeks—–Days ago it was 11 students that the same soldiers drawn from Mali and Chad—–invaded Gbaranmatu———————and murdered 11 students——in their sleep————————–Not one Nigerian army personnel has so far been killed by the militants—–Yet they have in spite of all the provocations remained calm—————————-But Buhari should realize that there is a limit to human endurance———————–The number of Fulani soldiers that died to keep Nigeria one can be counted on the finger tips——————-Those who really laid down their lives to keep Nigeria one—————were the Ijaw militant groups led by Issac Adaka Boro—-whom the Fulani tricked the Yorubas into killing hours after the end of the Biafran war———-Separation is the goal of the Ijaw Nation———————————-Not the fake rule of the Fulanis and Yorubas ati their Ibo surrogates in APC—–Death to any who still still supports the present one sided structure of Fulani ati Yoruba Nigeria—————————–

    • Burning Spear

      What’s this?

      A nation at war with itself? Buhari at war with Nigeria?

      The Nigerian military’s occupation of the Eastern part of the River Niger. This is the highest form of impunity and unnecessary show of power. Oh well!

      We take solace in the fact that governments come and go, but the people remain. As far as Nigeria’s politics is concerned, in 2019, Nigerians who survive the the occupation of our many cities, the political quagmire and economic doom will elect a new president, anybody, they won’t care. As long as it’s somebody else. Then, in the few months that would follow voting out of Buhari from power, the new President would restore a semblance of normalcy, and in subsequent years, Nigerians would put the sordid short-lived reign of APC and Buhari’s one-term presidency behind them. They would then inhale and exhale. They would go to sleep without for for the Fulanis marauders that infiltrate their villages and towns unleashed by the Federal Government under Buhari as a way of instilling fear into them. Only then would Buhari’s tyrannical government become just be a footnote in the nation’s history – a four year better-forgotten gulag, made possible by 15 million morons engineered by Tinubu’s coalition with his likes, and powered by the US and the UK.

      Then the myth of the general would finally demystified

      • Celsiuzx

        Majority of the Nigeria citizenry do not understand that Britain and the U.S have hand on how Nigerian politics play out.

        If eventually the U.S supplies arms to Buhari’s military who inturn sale those arms to extremists like Boko Haram and the Fulanis, my predictions are that there will be more bloodshed, Fulanis would kill more people, and their would be an increased tensions which would lead to tribal crisis, killings, etc between the Southern Christians (especially igbos and Niger Deltans) and the Hausa fulanis.

        If any of these happen, the U.S should be held responsible for it. This is the reason they want to supply arms to Nigerian Government.

      • Oneman

        Nonsense moron. You can Swallow your heart. We stand with PMB.

  • Bee

    The Drums of fascism you helped nurture is now beating Mr. Falana. Condemning can no more
    help. You have no option than to dance to the turn. Sorry.
    The Rev. Martin Niemöller quotation is indeed becoming a reality in Nigeria.

  • MoreThanConqueror

    Femi Falana is gradually coming back to his senses,But You infused confidence into them to destroy the rule of laws,disobey courts orders,May be you have waken up to the realities of the moments, since he could get the office of the attorney general at least he come back to side of the masses.common sense though hardly ever common as some SANs lack it, more grace ,we welcome you to the side of the oppressed that brought you into limelight, which you have sacrificed at the altar og greed,selfishness,covetousness defending the certificateless president who lied to the Nation that The Army had records of the WAEC which uptill now there is no trace of it there and now choose path of intimidating Barrister Ahaiwe to drop the charge,and Femi is out there defending one that has no certificate

  • larry jay

    When people commit an act of impunity against our uniform men no one raises an eyebrow, despite all their efforts to act swiftly and professionally to restore the glory of this country. These same people and group condemn them as if they are not Nigerians and they have no right to anything.

    Femi Falana SAN is expected to lash at the first offender, but rather he turned his pen against our gallant military for no cause. This double standard is unbecoming especially when its coming from a learned man like Femi Falana, who ordinarily could have kept quiet or talk on behalf of the victim. (NIGERIA MILITARY)

    we must be seen supporting the armed forces at this time as they are trying to safeguard the country free from the hands of terrorists for the interest of all. You arer is well known for fighting for the oppressed we are surprised you turned against our military at this time. Justice is for all, it’s not one-sided from what we read in the papers.

    The Nigerian Army is cheated and they are trying to kick against the impunity of the past by some presumably powerful people.

    • Decimator

      That is if the armed forces have not bekomm and continued to be an agent of Terror to the citizens they were supposed to protect themselves in the first place.Their is an established legal proceeding guiding all actions of every body including the military. Thanks