The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has called for total respect to the rule of law in Nigeria.
Mr Lawan spoke in Abuja on Monday while responding to a question by a journalist who asked about the repeated violations of the rule of law by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
“It (rule of law) is something that we all have to adhere to,” Mr Lawan said.
He said part of respect for the rule of law was to ensure that those suspected of criminal activities are taken to court; but they should also be freed if they are not found guilty, he said.
“If someone is not guilty of an offence, such a person should not suffer any undue consequences,” he added.
His comments come at a time Nigerians and the international community have criticised the Buhari administration for its disrespect for the rule of law.
One of such violations occurred when armed State Security Service (SSS) officials stormed an Abuja court to arrest an activist, Omoyele Sowore, who had been granted bail by a court.
Mr Sowore was arrested alongside another activist, Olawale Bakare, on August 3 for planning a protest to call for good governance. They were charged with treasonable felony, fraud and insulting the President.
The court granted the duo bail twice but the SSS refused to release them until December 5.
However, less than 24 hours later, the SSS rearrested them within the federal high court in Abuja, sparking national outrage.
The presidency had said Mr Sowore’s call for revolution was aimed at overthrowing the democratically elected of Nigeria.
Some activists and international organisations have condemned the rearrest and called for the sack of the Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS), Yusuf Bichi, over the illegal detention of Mr Sowore, and Friday’s invasion of a federal court.
The Nigerian Bar Association has also called for the suspension of Mr Bichi.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had in August 2018 sacked the former SSS boss, Lawal Daura, for authorising the invasion of the National Assembly.
Mr Osinbajo took the decisive move as acting president while President Muhammadu Buhari was away in the United Kingdom
Mr Lawan’s comments also come days after the Senate mandated its committee on Judiciary, Human Rights Rights and Legal Matters, to investigate the court invasion by the SSS.
The resolution by the Senate was made one week after the incident – after Nigerians criticised the lawmakers for failing to react and address the issue.
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