Falana berates Fashola for threatening to evict sacked doctors

Femi Falana, a Lagos based human rights lawyer, on Friday berated the Lagos State Government for threatening to evict the recently sacked 788 doctors from their official quarters.

The doctors to be evicted by the Lagos State government embarked on a strike to press home their demands for better working conditions.

However, this action caused the Fashola-led administration to sack 788 of the striking doctors and afterwards issue an ultimatum asking them to vacate their quarters.

Mr. Falana opined that it is unconstitutional for the Lagos State Government to sack the doctors.

“If you must sack anybody for embarking on a strike, you must go to the National Industrial Court. When you fail to do that, then you are only inviting anarchy because a government has a duty to uphold the rule of law.

“Under the constitution, if you acquire an accommodation under terms of employment, you become a contractual tenant.

“Nobody in Nigeria has the right to eject anybody forcefully because that duty is imposed on the Sheriff of the court,” Mr. Falana said.

He reasoned that Lagos State Government, as an advocate of the rule of law and a beneficiary of several Supreme Court judgments on such matters, should have taken a legal option to settle the matter.

“I am not talking about whether what the doctors did was right or wrong.

“What I am simply saying is that the government should have taken the doctors to court, if they don’t like what they are doing,” he said.

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