Femi Falana

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Femi Falana said : “The greatest irony for me is that under a democratically elected government, court orders are being disobeyed and disregarded, with disdain. When did the rain begin to beat us? Former President Olusegun Obasanjo disobeyed the order of the Supreme Court; this never happened since 1914 in the case of Attorney General of Lagos vs Attorney General of the Federation over local government fund. But President Yar’Adua, another PDP President, objected that such cannot happen under a democracy. He then said the money must be paid. ‘You know for former military people, and I hope this will be the last in Nigeria, there is no way you can turn them into democrats. A military dictator remains one forever. They have this conquest mentality that nobody can disagree with them,” External link

tribuneonlineng Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:44:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Abubakar Malami ) : “For the bar, if we want to get it right, we have to sanction Attorneys General at the federal and state levels who disobey court orders. If anybody had made that statement that Malami made in England or Ghana, that person will be de-robed because that is the totality of democracy. If you say you will not obey the orders of the court, you are calling for anarchy and asking the courts to be closed down,” External link

tribuneonlineng Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:44:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “They have also said that he may be run down by a moving vehicle. I then came down with him, they now wanted to arrest him in the premises of the court, which I declined stating that this is a sanctuary. That is why I led them to the gate. They thought I wanted to run away and said they wanted their own driver to drive. So, we were driven to their office and I handed over Sowore to their officers,” External link

tribuneonlineng Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:44:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana charged : “Under Buhari Decree 4, truth was not a defence. So why they are taking about Hate Speech is not about insulting somebody, it is about exposing corruption, exposing injustice in our country, exposing criminality and exposing the massive violations of the rights of our people. This is what they mean by Hate Speech. Somebody said, ‘Dogs and Baboons will soak in blood if I don’t win election’, that was not Hate Speech?” External link

dailytrust Monday, December 9, 2019 9:02:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “They went to a court behind us and got an order to detain Sowore for 45 days to investigate his alleged terrorism,” External link

ngrguardiannews Monday, December 9, 2019 2:28:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “At the end of the investigation, nothing was found but they went to him in detention to reach a deal,” External link

ngrguardiannews Monday, December 9, 2019 2:28:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “We have already identified those involved in this act of gangsterism,” External link

ngrguardiannews Monday, December 9, 2019 2:28:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “The judge summoned the DSS leader to her office and challenged him (on the incident) and he apologised profusely right in her office in my presence,” External link

ngrguardiannews Monday, December 9, 2019 2:28:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “They went to a court behind us and got an order to detain Sowore for 45 days to investigate his alleged terrorism,” External link

guardian-ng Monday, December 9, 2019 12:58:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “At the end of the investigation, nothing was found but they went to him in detention to reach a deal,” External link

guardian-ng Monday, December 9, 2019 12:58:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana insisted : “what Sowore demanded for was a warrant of arrest and they couldn’t produce it and that was when he resisted their arrest. So we have to get prepared to defend our rights.” External link

ngrguardiannews Monday, December 9, 2019 11:10:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana insisted : “what Sowore demanded for was a warrant of arrest and they couldn’t produce it and that was when he resisted their arrest. So we have to get prepared to defend our rights.” External link

guardian-ng Monday, December 9, 2019 7:40:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana claimed : “The directive was complied with as the operatives withdrew from the court room but rushed out to join their colleagues who had taken over the entire court house” External link

thisdayonline Monday, December 9, 2019 2:09:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana wrote : “The judge then directed the officer to withdraw the SSS operatives from the court room. The directive was complied with as the operatives withdrew from the court room but rushed out to join their colleagues who had taken over the entire court house,” External link

guardian-ng Monday, December 9, 2019 1:17:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Having taken over the court room vi et armis Justice Ojukwu hurriedly rose and asked the Registrar to adjourn all other cases,” “After the learned trial judge had risen for the day she summoned the heads of the prosecution and defence teams to her chambers,” External link

guardian-ng Monday, December 9, 2019 1:17:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana explained : “Notwithstanding that the SSS could not produce any warrant of arrest for Sowore, the defence team decided that I should accompany him to the SSS headquarters in view of his physical brutalisation inside the courtroom and the open threat to his life. I did and ensured that he was driven in my car to the SSS headquarters where I handed him over to the officers on duty. Thereafter, I requested a meeting with the head of the SSS but I was informed that he was not in the office,” External link

tribuneonlineng Sunday, December 8, 2019 11:03:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana wrote ( about Hon Justice ) : “When the lead prosecutor, Dr. Liman Hassan SAN denied knowledge of the invasion of her court she directed him to invite the head of the sss team in the court. When challenged to justify the invasion of the court the officer could not. He apologised to Justice Ojukwu on behalf of the sss. The judge then directed the officer to withdraw the sss operatives from the court room. The directive was complied with as the operatives withdrew from the court room but rushed out to join their colleagues who had taken over the entire court house,” External link

premiumtimesng Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:33:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “I can assure you what is happening now will not go away unchallenged,” “We either run this country on the platform of the rule of law or we resort to gangsterism which is what is going on” External link

ngrguardiannews Saturday, December 7, 2019 11:22:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Having complied with the order of court, what is therefore required is for the State Security Service to allow our client to enjoy their limited freedom because both of them have been restricted to Abuja and Osogbo, respectively. So there is no basis for this fascists approach,” External link

thisdayonline Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:41:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “The charges against him have not been disclosed,” External link

news-yahoo Saturday, December 7, 2019 12:11:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana told : “Having complied with the order of a court, what is therefore required is for the state security service to allow our client to enjoy their limited freedom because both of them have been restricted to Abuja and Osogbo, respectively. So there is no basis for this fascists approach” External link

onlinenigeria Friday, December 6, 2019 8:49:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “The atmosphere was very rowdy, but I insisted that the arrest could not be carried out within the precinct of the court,” ”He was going to be arrested outside the premises but there was a crowd that resisted the arrest, but I appealed to everybody and asked Sowore to jump into my car and so we drove to the office of the SSS because they said he will just answer a few questions, but now he is being detained” External link

premiumtimesng Friday, December 6, 2019 8:40:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana told : “Having complied with the order of a court, what is therefore required is for the state security service to allow our client to enjoy their limited freedom because both of them have been restricted to Abuja and Osogbo, respectively. So there is no basis for this fascists approach” External link

vanguardngr Friday, December 6, 2019 7:50:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana told : “Having complied with the order of court, what is therefore required is for the state security service to allow our client to enjoy their limited freedom because both of them have been restricted to Abuja and Osogbo, respectively. So there is no basis for this fascists approach” External link

vanguardngr Friday, December 6, 2019 7:50:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana told : "I can assure you what is happening now will not go away unchallenged," External link

bbc Friday, December 6, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana told : "I can assure you what is happening now will not go away unchallenged," External link

bbc Friday, December 6, 2019 5:27:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana told : "Having complied with the order of court ... what is therefore required is for the state security service to allow our clients enjoy their limited freedom," External link

news-yahoo Friday, December 6, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana expliqué : "Sowore a été arrêté de nouveau. Il est détenu par la DSS (Département des services de l'Etat)" External link

afp-fr Friday, December 6, 2019 3:36:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana affirmé : "La DSS est en tors d'avoir arrêté mon client sans aucune ordonnance du tribunal" External link

afp-fr Friday, December 6, 2019 3:36:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Notwithstanding that time is not our side; we contacted the legal department of DSS to facilitate our meeting with our clients in order to confront them with the documents served on us and to play the videocassettes and watch them together with our clients, but the request was not granted up till now,” External link

guardian-ng Friday, December 6, 2019 8:37:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : "Upon meeting the bail conditions, Justice Ojukwu directed the [DSS] to release the defendants from detention," External link

voanews Friday, December 6, 2019 1:52:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “It is however disturbing to note notwithstanding such deference to the courts of its former colonial master the federal government has continued to disobey the valid and subsisting orders of Nigerian courts and the court of justice of the Economic Court of West African States including orders for the release of political detainees and criminal suspects from unlawful custody,” External link

onlinenigeria Monday, December 2, 2019 4:02:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “In addition, we shall also report your good self and the prosecutor to the Nigerian Bar Association and the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee for encouraging the State Security Service to treat orders of Nigerian courts with disdain while you are anxious to obey the orders of British courts” External link

premiumtimesng Monday, December 2, 2019 2:09:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “It is however disturbing to note notwithstanding such deference to the courts of its former colonial master the federal government has continued to disobey the valid and subsisting orders of Nigerian courts and the court of justice of the Economic Court of West African States including orders for the release of political detainees and criminal suspects from unlawful custody,” External link

thisdayonline Monday, December 2, 2019 12:47:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “You may have a third term campaign very soon. Very soon, they are going to destroy all possible opponents and they have started. So, by the time they bring in the third term agenda, the media would have been gone but we are not going to allow it,” External link

pulse Tuesday, November 26, 2019 4:49:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Whoever goes outside the provisions of the law can easily be dealt with, nobody can challenge you for that,” External link

dailytimes-NG Friday, November 22, 2019 12:08:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Pursuant to the verification of the sureties of Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare by the Federal High Court, the trial judge, the Honourable Justice Ifeoma Ojukwu made an order on November 6, 2019 for the release of the defendants from the custody of the DSS,” External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, November 21, 2019 2:53:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “The Court Order has not authorised the DSS to approve the sureties before releasing Sowore and Bakare from custody,” External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, November 21, 2019 2:53:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “The Court Order has not authorised the DSS to approve the sureties before releasing Sowore and Bakare from custody,” External link

vanguardngr Thursday, November 21, 2019 12:23:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “I confirm that I have an official relationship with the DG of SSS. But since the commencement of the case of Sowore and Bakare, the DG has refused to pick my calls while I have since become a persona non grata in the office of the SSS,” External link

saharareporters Tuesday, November 19, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “By virtue of Section 4 of the Constitution, the power of the National Assembly to make laws is limited to matters in the Exclusive Legislative and Concurrent Legislative lists. To the extent that hate speech is not covered by both legislative lists, the National Assembly cannot pass any Hate Speech Bill,” External link

thenationonlineng Tuesday, November 19, 2019 12:08:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “That is the position of the law. That law has not been altered. So we want to advise members of the National Assembly to stop further debate on this piece of legislation” External link

thenationonlineng Tuesday, November 19, 2019 5:04:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “If this trend of electoral brigandage, unprecedented electoral violence and thuggery continues, I am afraid in 2023 we will be talking of less than 10 per cent of registered voter-turnout,” External link

nan Monday, November 18, 2019 9:30:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Until the detainees and criminal suspects are allowed to regain their liberty the SSS should stop insulting the collective intelligence of the Nigerian people by attempting to justify the subversion of the rule of law,” External link

premiumtimesng Sunday, November 17, 2019 1:03:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Lai Mohammed ) : “On another occasion, the federal government claimed that Mrs Zeinat Elzakzaky was not detained but that she chose the company of her detained husband, Mr. Elzakzaky. As if that was not enough Mr. Lai Mohammed disclosed that the federal government was spending N3.5 million to feed the Elzakzaky per month. Since the Elzakzakys have been detained illegally for the past 46 months the federal government must have wasted N168 million on feeding the couple!” External link

premiumtimesng Sunday, November 17, 2019 1:03:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Director General ) : “In the light of the foregoing, we wish to direct the attention of Mr. Bichi Mogaji, the Director-General of the State Security Service to section 287 of the Constitution which has imposed a duty on all authorities and persons to comply with the decisions of all competent courts in Nigeria,” External link

premiumtimesng Sunday, November 17, 2019 1:03:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “For the avoidance of doubt, no condition is attached to the order of the federal high court for the release of both detainees. Therefore, the SSS is aggravating the felony of contempt of court by asking sureties who had been verified by the trial court to report in its office for an illegal verification,” External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, November 14, 2019 3:01:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Since the State Security Service is not above the law of the land, we shall embark on appropriate legal measures to ensure compliance with the court orders,” External link

saharareporters Tuesday, November 12, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “They tried to deceive us that the bill was signed in the Nigerian house. No, it was signed in an undisclosed house in the United Kingdom,” External link

saharareporters Tuesday, November 12, 2019 2:22:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana reported ( about Taiwo Taiwo ) : “If you recall, that was what was done when Justice Taiwo Taiwo granted Sowore bail on September 24,” External link

premiumtimesng Monday, November 11, 2019 10:34:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Upon acknowledging the service of the reproduction warrants, the SSS assured the bailiff and five lawyers from the defence team that our clients would be released yesterday,” “But the SSS decided not to release our clients to our lawyers who waited in vain in the agency’s headquarters for not less than 4 hours,” External link

premiumtimesng Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:31:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “In the instant case, the federal high court did not order the sss to hand over Messrs Sowore and Bakare to any person but to produce them for the purpose of releasing them having met the suffocating bail conditions imposed on them by the trial court,” External link

premiumtimesng Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:31:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Since we are operating under a constitutional government, the Federal Government has no power to impose collective punishment on law-abiding citizens and corporate bodies. The filling stations were registered under the law by the Directorate of Petroleum Resources (DPR). So, the CGC Alli lacks the power to ban them from carrying out their legitimate business” External link

thenationonlineng Friday, November 8, 2019 5:58:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “My learned friend told me this morning that he would like the witnesses to come in through the judge’s door. I came in and saw equipment for secret trial and I was wondering whether someone was being admitted,” External link

premiumtimesng Wednesday, November 6, 2019 4:16:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : "My learned friend should be able to agree that he and the registrar were already conducting prosecution proceedings behind our back" External link

onlinenigeria Wednesday, November 6, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Nigeria Army ) : “There is no insurrection in every part of the country which the Nigeria police cannot contain to warrant the deployment of armed troops all over the country from November 1, 2019 to December 23, 2019,” External link

ngrguardiannews Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:56:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Nigeria Army ) : “There is no insurrection in every part of the country which the Nigeria police cannot contain to warrant the deployment of armed troops all over the country from November 1, 2019 to December 23, 2019,” External link

guardian-ng Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:14:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Nigeria Army ) : “Neither the Constitution nor the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 LFN, 2004 has empowered the Nigeria Army to arrest any citizen who is not subject to service law,” External link

premiumtimesng Friday, November 1, 2019 8:24:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “As lawyers, we all need to make a lot of sacrifices so that at the end of the day, the person you are representing wound gain freedom,” External link

premiumtimesng Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:27:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana added : “no dictator can defeat the Nigerian people because a people united can never be defeated,” External link

thenationonlineng Monday, October 28, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana asserted : “Also, government must be made to fund the Legal Aid Council in Nigeria so that justice can be extended to our people,” External link

dailytimes-NG Monday, October 28, 2019 2:20:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “I had to learn Spanish to be able to take the classes,” External link

thenationonlineng Sunday, October 27, 2019 2:36:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “For the first time, it took us almost 16 hours to just figure out how to get it to look right,” External link

thenationonlineng Sunday, October 27, 2019 2:36:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana added : “Apart from monitoring the borders with technology, the Federal Government should take advantage of the ECOWAS Protocol Relating to the re-exportation within ECOWAS of goods imported from third countries. Under the Protocol Benin, Togo and Ghana are only entitled to charge administrative fees in respect of goods whose destination is Nigeria,” External link

thisdayonline Friday, October 25, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “The endorsement of the IMF is a deliberate design to weaken the ECOWAS regional integration agenda,” External link

tribuneonlineng Thursday, October 24, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Instead of resorting to the unilateral closure of borders the Federal Government should drag the Republics of Benin and Niger to the Court of Justice of the ECOWAS for breaching the ECOWAS Protocol by allegedly encouraging the smuggling of petrol, rice and other products. In the alternative, smuggling should be addressed like terrorism which is being jointly combated by Nigeria and her neighbours,” External link

tribuneonlineng Thursday, October 24, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana : “By merely collecting huge rents the oil block owners become stupendously rich while the federal, state and local governments depend on loans and bailouts to pay salaries and carry out basic infrastructural development. Thus, by allocating oil blocks to a few individuals and corporate bodies the Federal Government has violated Section 16(2) (c) of the Constitution which provides that ‘the economic system is not operated in such a manner as to permit the concentration of wealth or the means of production and exchange in the hands of few individuals or of a group'” External link

vanguardngr Wednesday, October 23, 2019 5:48:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana wrote : “Although we are not unaware that the Department of State Service (DSS) is listed in Section 40 of the Terrorism Prevention Act, we submit that the DSS is not a juristic person having not been created by any Act of the National Assembly,” External link

thesourceng Tuesday, October 8, 2019 11:36:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “I have since confirmed that the fictitious report is a figment of the fecund imagination of the writer, Mr Akuntunde. Hence, the report and the quotes therein were not credited to any named official of the SSS but to some anonymous sources,” External link

authorityngr Monday, September 30, 2019 1:46:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : "I have since confirmed that the fictitious report is a figment of the fecund imagination of the writer, Mr Akuntunde. Hence, the report and the quotes therein were not credited to any named official of the SSS but to some anonymous sources," External link

allafrica Monday, September 30, 2019 12:10:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “I have since confirmed that the fictitious report is a figment of the fecund imagination of the writer, Mr Akuntunde. Hence, the report and the quotes therein were not credited to any named official of the SSS but to some anonymous sources,” External link

premiumtimesng Sunday, September 29, 2019 9:07:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “He cannot ask the court to detained a citizen prospectively or in anticipation of arraignment of a defenfant under his custody,” External link

thisdayonline Sunday, September 29, 2019 5:39:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “We were there for hours. The head of the legal department pleaded with me to return today (Thursday). When I returned, they locked the SSS gates against me,” External link

premiumtimesng Friday, September 27, 2019 2:11:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “The SSS has a duty to comply with this order and not only this one, but every other order regarding the liberty of Nigerians, because this is a constitutional democracy,” External link

premiumtimesng Friday, September 27, 2019 2:11:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “He has not been released. And they gave no explanations for the action. All they keep telling us is that we should give them time,” External link

ngrguardiannews Thursday, September 26, 2019 8:45:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “He has not been released. And they gave no explanations for the action. All they keep telling us is that we should give them time,” External link

guardian-ng Thursday, September 26, 2019 7:16:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana told : “I am currently at their headquarters. Having complied with the condition given by the court, I am here for Sowore’s release,” External link

thenationonlineng Wednesday, September 25, 2019 7:20:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “However, from the seven-count information against the respondent, there is nothing like terrorism,” External link

thenationonlineng Tuesday, September 24, 2019 9:03:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “It is not your oil gas or gold that matters. Cuba has only sugarcane and tobacco, yet, that is one of the greatest countries on earth,” External link

vanguardngr Monday, September 23, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Federal Executive ) : “The Federal Executive Council has no power under the Constitution to increase VAT or any tax in the country,” External link

thenationonlineng Saturday, September 21, 2019 4:48:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “While congratulating the organisers of the symposium for successfully holding the programme at another venue, the harassment of law-abiding citizens cannot be tolerated under a regime that is busy negotiating with bandits and terrorists, bribing them with public funds and granting them amnesty,” External link

dailypost Thursday, September 19, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “While congratulating the organisers of the symposium for successfully holding the programme at another venue, the harassment of law abiding citizens cannot be tolerated under a regime that is busy negotiating with bandits and terrorists, bribing them with public funds and granting them amnesty,” External link

thenationonlineng Wednesday, September 18, 2019 11:06:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “While congratulating the organisers of the symposium for successfully holding the programme at another venue, the harassment of law abiding citizens cannot be tolerated under a regime that is busy negotiating with bandits and terrorists, bribing them with public funds and granting them amnesty,” External link

thenationonlineng Wednesday, September 18, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : ”When Nigeria was at this stage in the 40s, a group of young Nigerians, the Zikists, gathered at Glover Hall in Lagos. Their leader, Osita Agbonna, delivered a lecture titled ‘A Call for Revolution’ and those who shared the same thought with him were arrested and charged with sedition; that they were trying to embarrass the colonial regime. They were not charged with treason or treasonable felony,” External link

tribuneonlineng Friday, September 13, 2019 4:27:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana alleged : “The Nigerian Navy has continued to detain over 150 citizens for several months without trial for undisclosed criminal offences. While some of the detainees have recently been released not less than 67 others are still held incommunicado in Lagos. Specifically, 10 of the detainees are held inside a vessel in Lagos while 57 others are detained in the NNS Beecroft Cell, Apapa, Lagos,” External link

thisdayonline Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana alleged : “We have also confirmed that Navy Captain Dada Labinjo is still being detained at an underground cell in the Directorate of Defence Intelligence, Abuja, in defiance of the judgment of the Federal High Court, which has declared his detention illegal and unconstitutional while the Swiss government has sued the Federal Government in Zurick over the detention of four Ukraine nationals for about two years without trial” External link

thisdayonline Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “It is unacceptable to kill religious worshippers by officials of the federal and state governments that are currently negotiating and bribing bandits and kidnappers,” External link

thenationonlineng Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:25:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “It is unacceptable to kill religious worshippers by officials of the federal and state governments that are currently negotiating and bribing bandits and kidnappers,” External link

thenationonlineng Tuesday, September 10, 2019 10:24:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “The Danger of Unequal Criminal Justice System in Nigeria” External link

dailypost Friday, September 6, 2019 11:13:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Notwithstanding the demand for the timely prosecution of the culprits, it ought to be pointed out that the Nigerian Army is vicariously liable for the extra-judicial execution of the slain civilian and police personnel,” External link

thisdayonline Monday, September 2, 2019 6:29:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana argued : “In Nwankwo V State (1985) NCLR 247, the Court of Appeal held that any public officer who feels defamed by any publication should sue for libel, as it is illegal to use the machinery of the State to harass political opponents in Nigeria” External link

pulse Sunday, September 1, 2019 11:27:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana maintained : “After the brutal killing, the soldiers proceeded to free the alleged notorious suspect. In a bid to cover up the unlawful killing of the four people, the authorities of the Nigerian Army claimed that it was ‘a case of mistaken identity.’” External link

thisdayonline Sunday, September 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana contends ( about State Policy ) : “The State has engaged in the systematic promotion of poverty through the implementation of the neo-liberal economic policies instead of striving by means of appropriate regulations for the minimization of exploitation and the concentration of wealth in a few hands, the securing of adequate means of livelihood and employment opportunities, suitable shelter, reasonable minimum living wage, old age care and pensions, unemployment and sick benefits etc” External link

thenationonlineng Saturday, August 31, 2019 12:04:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana argued : “That by virtue of Section 293 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, an application for the remand of any suspect is to be made before a Magistrate Court,” External link

thisdayonline Thursday, August 29, 2019 8:33:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “In Pakistan, the Chief Justice then was not removed for corruption. Can the NBA morally go to the streets to fight for judges who have millions that they cannot account for?” External link

thenationonlineng Wednesday, August 28, 2019 6:42:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “In Pakistan, the Chief Justice then was not removed for corruption. Can the NBA morally go to the streets to fight for judges who have millions that they cannot account for?” External link

tribuneonlineng Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:07:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “There is so much attention on the National Assembly when it comes to speaking about corruption but attention is not paid on state budgets. If the state governments are not prepared to help in the fight against corruption, we are in trouble. No local government has a budget in all the 774 LGAs,” External link

leadership Friday, August 23, 2019 10:35:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “In fighting corruption, the anti-corruption agencies should spell out the right of the poor,” External link

leadership Friday, August 23, 2019 10:35:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana responded : “I saw it and the reason I have not done anything is that I am ending my own vacation sitting tomorrow (Friday). Have you served them (the DSS)?” External link

dailytimes-NG Friday, August 23, 2019 6:12:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana charged : “The Buhari administration knows those who are breaching the peace of Nigeria. Terrorists, armed robbers, herdsmen, coup plotters and others. Those who went on the street to protest in exercise of their right to assembly and complain against injustice, corruption and maladministration in our country cannot be said to have breached the peace in our country. ” External link

dailytimes-NG Tuesday, August 20, 2019 5:49:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana charged : “The Buhari administration knows those who are breaching the peace of Nigeria. Terrorists, armed robbers, herdsmen, coup plotters and others. Those who went on the street to protest in exercise of their right to assembly and complain against injustice, corruption and maladministration in our country cannot be said to have breached the peace in our country. ” External link

premiumtimesng Monday, August 19, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “By not notifying the family members and relatives of the detainees of their arrest and places of detention the authorities of the Nigerian Navy have wilfully violated section 6 (2) (b) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 which has imposed a duty on all detaining authorities to notify the next of kin or relative of every suspect of the arrest at no cost to the suspect,” External link

onlinenigeria Monday, August 19, 2019 1:31:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Muhammadu Buhari ) : “Finally, we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct all detaining authorities in Nigeria to publish the names of all detainees and their places of detention and prohibit the police and other security forces from subjecting Nigerians to any form of incommunicado detention,” External link

thenationonlineng Monday, August 19, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Muhammadu Buhari ) : “Finally, we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct all detaining authorities in Nigeria to publish the names of all detainees and their places of detention and prohibit the police and other security forces from subjecting Nigerians to any form of incommunicado detention,” External link

thenationonlineng Sunday, August 18, 2019 6:39:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “TAKE NOTICE that if you fail or refuse to accede to our request within seven days of the receipt of this letter on grounds of interagency solidarity, we shall not hesitate to file a writ of mandamus against the commission at the Federal High Court,” External link

thenationonlineng Friday, August 16, 2019 12:48:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “TAKE NOTICE that if you fail or refuse to accede to our request within seven days of the receipt of this letter on grounds of interagency solidarity, we shall not hesitate to file a writ of mandamus against the commission at the Federal High Court,” External link

dailypost Friday, August 16, 2019 10:09:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Commission ) : “If you fail or refuse to accede to our request within seven days of the receipt of this letter on grounds of interagency solidarity, we shall not hesitate to file a writ of mandamus against the Commission at the Federal High Court,” External link

vanguardngr Friday, August 16, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “TAKE NOTICE that if you fail or refuse to accede to our request within seven days of the receipt of this letter on grounds of interagency solidarity, we shall not hesitate to file a writ of mandamus against the commission at the Federal High Court,” External link

thisdayonline Friday, August 16, 2019 7:17:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “TAKE NOTICE that if you fail or refuse to accede to our request within seven days of the receipt of this letter on grounds of interagency solidarity, we shall not hesitate to file a writ of mandamus against the commission at the Federal High Court,” External link

thenationonlineng Thursday, August 15, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT



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Femi Falana said : “The greatest irony for me is that under a democratically elected government, court orders are being disobeyed and disregarded, with disdain. When did the rain begin to beat us? Former President Olusegun Obasanjo disobeyed the order of the Supreme Court; this never happened since 1914 in the case of Attorney General of Lagos vs Attorney General of the Federation over local government fund. But President Yar’Adua, another PDP President, objected that such cannot happen under a democracy. He then said the money must be paid. ‘You know for former military people, and I hope this will be the last in Nigeria, there is no way you can turn them into democrats. A military dictator remains one forever. They have this conquest mentality that nobody can disagree with them,” External link

tribuneonlineng Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:44:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Abubakar Malami ) : “For the bar, if we want to get it right, we have to sanction Attorneys General at the federal and state levels who disobey court orders. If anybody had made that statement that Malami made in England or Ghana, that person will be de-robed because that is the totality of democracy. If you say you will not obey the orders of the court, you are calling for anarchy and asking the courts to be closed down,” External link

tribuneonlineng Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:44:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “They have also said that he may be run down by a moving vehicle. I then came down with him, they now wanted to arrest him in the premises of the court, which I declined stating that this is a sanctuary. That is why I led them to the gate. They thought I wanted to run away and said they wanted their own driver to drive. So, we were driven to their office and I handed over Sowore to their officers,” External link

tribuneonlineng Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:44:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana charged : “Under Buhari Decree 4, truth was not a defence. So why they are taking about Hate Speech is not about insulting somebody, it is about exposing corruption, exposing injustice in our country, exposing criminality and exposing the massive violations of the rights of our people. This is what they mean by Hate Speech. Somebody said, ‘Dogs and Baboons will soak in blood if I don’t win election’, that was not Hate Speech?” External link

dailytrust Monday, December 9, 2019 9:02:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “They went to a court behind us and got an order to detain Sowore for 45 days to investigate his alleged terrorism,” External link

ngrguardiannews Monday, December 9, 2019 2:28:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “At the end of the investigation, nothing was found but they went to him in detention to reach a deal,” External link

ngrguardiannews Monday, December 9, 2019 2:28:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “We have already identified those involved in this act of gangsterism,” External link

ngrguardiannews Monday, December 9, 2019 2:28:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “The judge summoned the DSS leader to her office and challenged him (on the incident) and he apologised profusely right in her office in my presence,” External link

ngrguardiannews Monday, December 9, 2019 2:28:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “They went to a court behind us and got an order to detain Sowore for 45 days to investigate his alleged terrorism,” External link

guardian-ng Monday, December 9, 2019 12:58:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “At the end of the investigation, nothing was found but they went to him in detention to reach a deal,” External link

guardian-ng Monday, December 9, 2019 12:58:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana insisted : “what Sowore demanded for was a warrant of arrest and they couldn’t produce it and that was when he resisted their arrest. So we have to get prepared to defend our rights.” External link

ngrguardiannews Monday, December 9, 2019 11:10:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana insisted : “what Sowore demanded for was a warrant of arrest and they couldn’t produce it and that was when he resisted their arrest. So we have to get prepared to defend our rights.” External link

guardian-ng Monday, December 9, 2019 7:40:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana claimed : “The directive was complied with as the operatives withdrew from the court room but rushed out to join their colleagues who had taken over the entire court house” External link

thisdayonline Monday, December 9, 2019 2:09:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana wrote : “The judge then directed the officer to withdraw the SSS operatives from the court room. The directive was complied with as the operatives withdrew from the court room but rushed out to join their colleagues who had taken over the entire court house,” External link

guardian-ng Monday, December 9, 2019 1:17:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Having taken over the court room vi et armis Justice Ojukwu hurriedly rose and asked the Registrar to adjourn all other cases,” “After the learned trial judge had risen for the day she summoned the heads of the prosecution and defence teams to her chambers,” External link

guardian-ng Monday, December 9, 2019 1:17:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana explained : “Notwithstanding that the SSS could not produce any warrant of arrest for Sowore, the defence team decided that I should accompany him to the SSS headquarters in view of his physical brutalisation inside the courtroom and the open threat to his life. I did and ensured that he was driven in my car to the SSS headquarters where I handed him over to the officers on duty. Thereafter, I requested a meeting with the head of the SSS but I was informed that he was not in the office,” External link

tribuneonlineng Sunday, December 8, 2019 11:03:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana wrote ( about Hon Justice ) : “When the lead prosecutor, Dr. Liman Hassan SAN denied knowledge of the invasion of her court she directed him to invite the head of the sss team in the court. When challenged to justify the invasion of the court the officer could not. He apologised to Justice Ojukwu on behalf of the sss. The judge then directed the officer to withdraw the sss operatives from the court room. The directive was complied with as the operatives withdrew from the court room but rushed out to join their colleagues who had taken over the entire court house,” External link

premiumtimesng Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:33:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “I can assure you what is happening now will not go away unchallenged,” “We either run this country on the platform of the rule of law or we resort to gangsterism which is what is going on” External link

ngrguardiannews Saturday, December 7, 2019 11:22:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Having complied with the order of court, what is therefore required is for the State Security Service to allow our client to enjoy their limited freedom because both of them have been restricted to Abuja and Osogbo, respectively. So there is no basis for this fascists approach,” External link

thisdayonline Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:41:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “The charges against him have not been disclosed,” External link

news-yahoo Saturday, December 7, 2019 12:11:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana told : “Having complied with the order of a court, what is therefore required is for the state security service to allow our client to enjoy their limited freedom because both of them have been restricted to Abuja and Osogbo, respectively. So there is no basis for this fascists approach” External link

onlinenigeria Friday, December 6, 2019 8:49:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “The atmosphere was very rowdy, but I insisted that the arrest could not be carried out within the precinct of the court,” ”He was going to be arrested outside the premises but there was a crowd that resisted the arrest, but I appealed to everybody and asked Sowore to jump into my car and so we drove to the office of the SSS because they said he will just answer a few questions, but now he is being detained” External link

premiumtimesng Friday, December 6, 2019 8:40:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana told : “Having complied with the order of a court, what is therefore required is for the state security service to allow our client to enjoy their limited freedom because both of them have been restricted to Abuja and Osogbo, respectively. So there is no basis for this fascists approach” External link

vanguardngr Friday, December 6, 2019 7:50:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana told : “Having complied with the order of court, what is therefore required is for the state security service to allow our client to enjoy their limited freedom because both of them have been restricted to Abuja and Osogbo, respectively. So there is no basis for this fascists approach” External link

vanguardngr Friday, December 6, 2019 7:50:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana told : "I can assure you what is happening now will not go away unchallenged," External link

bbc Friday, December 6, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana told : "I can assure you what is happening now will not go away unchallenged," External link

bbc Friday, December 6, 2019 5:27:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana told : "Having complied with the order of court ... what is therefore required is for the state security service to allow our clients enjoy their limited freedom," External link

news-yahoo Friday, December 6, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana expliqué : "Sowore a été arrêté de nouveau. Il est détenu par la DSS (Département des services de l'Etat)" External link

afp-fr Friday, December 6, 2019 3:36:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana affirmé : "La DSS est en tors d'avoir arrêté mon client sans aucune ordonnance du tribunal" External link

afp-fr Friday, December 6, 2019 3:36:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Notwithstanding that time is not our side; we contacted the legal department of DSS to facilitate our meeting with our clients in order to confront them with the documents served on us and to play the videocassettes and watch them together with our clients, but the request was not granted up till now,” External link

guardian-ng Friday, December 6, 2019 8:37:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : "Upon meeting the bail conditions, Justice Ojukwu directed the [DSS] to release the defendants from detention," External link

voanews Friday, December 6, 2019 1:52:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “It is however disturbing to note notwithstanding such deference to the courts of its former colonial master the federal government has continued to disobey the valid and subsisting orders of Nigerian courts and the court of justice of the Economic Court of West African States including orders for the release of political detainees and criminal suspects from unlawful custody,” External link

onlinenigeria Monday, December 2, 2019 4:02:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “In addition, we shall also report your good self and the prosecutor to the Nigerian Bar Association and the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee for encouraging the State Security Service to treat orders of Nigerian courts with disdain while you are anxious to obey the orders of British courts” External link

premiumtimesng Monday, December 2, 2019 2:09:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “It is however disturbing to note notwithstanding such deference to the courts of its former colonial master the federal government has continued to disobey the valid and subsisting orders of Nigerian courts and the court of justice of the Economic Court of West African States including orders for the release of political detainees and criminal suspects from unlawful custody,” External link

thisdayonline Monday, December 2, 2019 12:47:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “You may have a third term campaign very soon. Very soon, they are going to destroy all possible opponents and they have started. So, by the time they bring in the third term agenda, the media would have been gone but we are not going to allow it,” External link

pulse Tuesday, November 26, 2019 4:49:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Whoever goes outside the provisions of the law can easily be dealt with, nobody can challenge you for that,” External link

dailytimes-NG Friday, November 22, 2019 12:08:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Pursuant to the verification of the sureties of Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare by the Federal High Court, the trial judge, the Honourable Justice Ifeoma Ojukwu made an order on November 6, 2019 for the release of the defendants from the custody of the DSS,” External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, November 21, 2019 2:53:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “The Court Order has not authorised the DSS to approve the sureties before releasing Sowore and Bakare from custody,” External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, November 21, 2019 2:53:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “The Court Order has not authorised the DSS to approve the sureties before releasing Sowore and Bakare from custody,” External link

vanguardngr Thursday, November 21, 2019 12:23:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “I confirm that I have an official relationship with the DG of SSS. But since the commencement of the case of Sowore and Bakare, the DG has refused to pick my calls while I have since become a persona non grata in the office of the SSS,” External link

saharareporters Tuesday, November 19, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “By virtue of Section 4 of the Constitution, the power of the National Assembly to make laws is limited to matters in the Exclusive Legislative and Concurrent Legislative lists. To the extent that hate speech is not covered by both legislative lists, the National Assembly cannot pass any Hate Speech Bill,” External link

thenationonlineng Tuesday, November 19, 2019 12:08:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “That is the position of the law. That law has not been altered. So we want to advise members of the National Assembly to stop further debate on this piece of legislation” External link

thenationonlineng Tuesday, November 19, 2019 5:04:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “If this trend of electoral brigandage, unprecedented electoral violence and thuggery continues, I am afraid in 2023 we will be talking of less than 10 per cent of registered voter-turnout,” External link

nan Monday, November 18, 2019 9:30:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Until the detainees and criminal suspects are allowed to regain their liberty the SSS should stop insulting the collective intelligence of the Nigerian people by attempting to justify the subversion of the rule of law,” External link

premiumtimesng Sunday, November 17, 2019 1:03:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Lai Mohammed ) : “On another occasion, the federal government claimed that Mrs Zeinat Elzakzaky was not detained but that she chose the company of her detained husband, Mr. Elzakzaky. As if that was not enough Mr. Lai Mohammed disclosed that the federal government was spending N3.5 million to feed the Elzakzaky per month. Since the Elzakzakys have been detained illegally for the past 46 months the federal government must have wasted N168 million on feeding the couple!” External link

premiumtimesng Sunday, November 17, 2019 1:03:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Director General ) : “In the light of the foregoing, we wish to direct the attention of Mr. Bichi Mogaji, the Director-General of the State Security Service to section 287 of the Constitution which has imposed a duty on all authorities and persons to comply with the decisions of all competent courts in Nigeria,” External link

premiumtimesng Sunday, November 17, 2019 1:03:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “For the avoidance of doubt, no condition is attached to the order of the federal high court for the release of both detainees. Therefore, the SSS is aggravating the felony of contempt of court by asking sureties who had been verified by the trial court to report in its office for an illegal verification,” External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, November 14, 2019 3:01:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Since the State Security Service is not above the law of the land, we shall embark on appropriate legal measures to ensure compliance with the court orders,” External link

saharareporters Tuesday, November 12, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “They tried to deceive us that the bill was signed in the Nigerian house. No, it was signed in an undisclosed house in the United Kingdom,” External link

saharareporters Tuesday, November 12, 2019 2:22:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana reported ( about Taiwo Taiwo ) : “If you recall, that was what was done when Justice Taiwo Taiwo granted Sowore bail on September 24,” External link

premiumtimesng Monday, November 11, 2019 10:34:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Upon acknowledging the service of the reproduction warrants, the SSS assured the bailiff and five lawyers from the defence team that our clients would be released yesterday,” “But the SSS decided not to release our clients to our lawyers who waited in vain in the agency’s headquarters for not less than 4 hours,” External link

premiumtimesng Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:31:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “In the instant case, the federal high court did not order the sss to hand over Messrs Sowore and Bakare to any person but to produce them for the purpose of releasing them having met the suffocating bail conditions imposed on them by the trial court,” External link

premiumtimesng Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:31:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Since we are operating under a constitutional government, the Federal Government has no power to impose collective punishment on law-abiding citizens and corporate bodies. The filling stations were registered under the law by the Directorate of Petroleum Resources (DPR). So, the CGC Alli lacks the power to ban them from carrying out their legitimate business” External link

thenationonlineng Friday, November 8, 2019 5:58:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “My learned friend told me this morning that he would like the witnesses to come in through the judge’s door. I came in and saw equipment for secret trial and I was wondering whether someone was being admitted,” External link

premiumtimesng Wednesday, November 6, 2019 4:16:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : "My learned friend should be able to agree that he and the registrar were already conducting prosecution proceedings behind our back" External link

onlinenigeria Wednesday, November 6, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Nigeria Army ) : “There is no insurrection in every part of the country which the Nigeria police cannot contain to warrant the deployment of armed troops all over the country from November 1, 2019 to December 23, 2019,” External link

ngrguardiannews Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:56:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Nigeria Army ) : “There is no insurrection in every part of the country which the Nigeria police cannot contain to warrant the deployment of armed troops all over the country from November 1, 2019 to December 23, 2019,” External link

guardian-ng Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:14:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Nigeria Army ) : “Neither the Constitution nor the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 LFN, 2004 has empowered the Nigeria Army to arrest any citizen who is not subject to service law,” External link

premiumtimesng Friday, November 1, 2019 8:24:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “As lawyers, we all need to make a lot of sacrifices so that at the end of the day, the person you are representing wound gain freedom,” External link

premiumtimesng Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:27:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana added : “no dictator can defeat the Nigerian people because a people united can never be defeated,” External link

thenationonlineng Monday, October 28, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana asserted : “Also, government must be made to fund the Legal Aid Council in Nigeria so that justice can be extended to our people,” External link

dailytimes-NG Monday, October 28, 2019 2:20:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “I had to learn Spanish to be able to take the classes,” External link

thenationonlineng Sunday, October 27, 2019 2:36:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “For the first time, it took us almost 16 hours to just figure out how to get it to look right,” External link

thenationonlineng Sunday, October 27, 2019 2:36:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana added : “Apart from monitoring the borders with technology, the Federal Government should take advantage of the ECOWAS Protocol Relating to the re-exportation within ECOWAS of goods imported from third countries. Under the Protocol Benin, Togo and Ghana are only entitled to charge administrative fees in respect of goods whose destination is Nigeria,” External link

thisdayonline Friday, October 25, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “The endorsement of the IMF is a deliberate design to weaken the ECOWAS regional integration agenda,” External link

tribuneonlineng Thursday, October 24, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Instead of resorting to the unilateral closure of borders the Federal Government should drag the Republics of Benin and Niger to the Court of Justice of the ECOWAS for breaching the ECOWAS Protocol by allegedly encouraging the smuggling of petrol, rice and other products. In the alternative, smuggling should be addressed like terrorism which is being jointly combated by Nigeria and her neighbours,” External link

tribuneonlineng Thursday, October 24, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana : “By merely collecting huge rents the oil block owners become stupendously rich while the federal, state and local governments depend on loans and bailouts to pay salaries and carry out basic infrastructural development. Thus, by allocating oil blocks to a few individuals and corporate bodies the Federal Government has violated Section 16(2) (c) of the Constitution which provides that ‘the economic system is not operated in such a manner as to permit the concentration of wealth or the means of production and exchange in the hands of few individuals or of a group'” External link

vanguardngr Wednesday, October 23, 2019 5:48:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana wrote : “Although we are not unaware that the Department of State Service (DSS) is listed in Section 40 of the Terrorism Prevention Act, we submit that the DSS is not a juristic person having not been created by any Act of the National Assembly,” External link

thesourceng Tuesday, October 8, 2019 11:36:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “I have since confirmed that the fictitious report is a figment of the fecund imagination of the writer, Mr Akuntunde. Hence, the report and the quotes therein were not credited to any named official of the SSS but to some anonymous sources,” External link

authorityngr Monday, September 30, 2019 1:46:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : "I have since confirmed that the fictitious report is a figment of the fecund imagination of the writer, Mr Akuntunde. Hence, the report and the quotes therein were not credited to any named official of the SSS but to some anonymous sources," External link

allafrica Monday, September 30, 2019 12:10:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “I have since confirmed that the fictitious report is a figment of the fecund imagination of the writer, Mr Akuntunde. Hence, the report and the quotes therein were not credited to any named official of the SSS but to some anonymous sources,” External link

premiumtimesng Sunday, September 29, 2019 9:07:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “He cannot ask the court to detained a citizen prospectively or in anticipation of arraignment of a defenfant under his custody,” External link

thisdayonline Sunday, September 29, 2019 5:39:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “We were there for hours. The head of the legal department pleaded with me to return today (Thursday). When I returned, they locked the SSS gates against me,” External link

premiumtimesng Friday, September 27, 2019 2:11:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “The SSS has a duty to comply with this order and not only this one, but every other order regarding the liberty of Nigerians, because this is a constitutional democracy,” External link

premiumtimesng Friday, September 27, 2019 2:11:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “He has not been released. And they gave no explanations for the action. All they keep telling us is that we should give them time,” External link

ngrguardiannews Thursday, September 26, 2019 8:45:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “He has not been released. And they gave no explanations for the action. All they keep telling us is that we should give them time,” External link

guardian-ng Thursday, September 26, 2019 7:16:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana told : “I am currently at their headquarters. Having complied with the condition given by the court, I am here for Sowore’s release,” External link

thenationonlineng Wednesday, September 25, 2019 7:20:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “However, from the seven-count information against the respondent, there is nothing like terrorism,” External link

thenationonlineng Tuesday, September 24, 2019 9:03:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “It is not your oil gas or gold that matters. Cuba has only sugarcane and tobacco, yet, that is one of the greatest countries on earth,” External link

vanguardngr Monday, September 23, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Federal Executive ) : “The Federal Executive Council has no power under the Constitution to increase VAT or any tax in the country,” External link

thenationonlineng Saturday, September 21, 2019 4:48:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “While congratulating the organisers of the symposium for successfully holding the programme at another venue, the harassment of law-abiding citizens cannot be tolerated under a regime that is busy negotiating with bandits and terrorists, bribing them with public funds and granting them amnesty,” External link

dailypost Thursday, September 19, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “While congratulating the organisers of the symposium for successfully holding the programme at another venue, the harassment of law abiding citizens cannot be tolerated under a regime that is busy negotiating with bandits and terrorists, bribing them with public funds and granting them amnesty,” External link

thenationonlineng Wednesday, September 18, 2019 11:06:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “While congratulating the organisers of the symposium for successfully holding the programme at another venue, the harassment of law abiding citizens cannot be tolerated under a regime that is busy negotiating with bandits and terrorists, bribing them with public funds and granting them amnesty,” External link

thenationonlineng Wednesday, September 18, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : ”When Nigeria was at this stage in the 40s, a group of young Nigerians, the Zikists, gathered at Glover Hall in Lagos. Their leader, Osita Agbonna, delivered a lecture titled ‘A Call for Revolution’ and those who shared the same thought with him were arrested and charged with sedition; that they were trying to embarrass the colonial regime. They were not charged with treason or treasonable felony,” External link

tribuneonlineng Friday, September 13, 2019 4:27:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana alleged : “The Nigerian Navy has continued to detain over 150 citizens for several months without trial for undisclosed criminal offences. While some of the detainees have recently been released not less than 67 others are still held incommunicado in Lagos. Specifically, 10 of the detainees are held inside a vessel in Lagos while 57 others are detained in the NNS Beecroft Cell, Apapa, Lagos,” External link

thisdayonline Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana alleged : “We have also confirmed that Navy Captain Dada Labinjo is still being detained at an underground cell in the Directorate of Defence Intelligence, Abuja, in defiance of the judgment of the Federal High Court, which has declared his detention illegal and unconstitutional while the Swiss government has sued the Federal Government in Zurick over the detention of four Ukraine nationals for about two years without trial” External link

thisdayonline Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:08:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “It is unacceptable to kill religious worshippers by officials of the federal and state governments that are currently negotiating and bribing bandits and kidnappers,” External link

thenationonlineng Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:25:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “It is unacceptable to kill religious worshippers by officials of the federal and state governments that are currently negotiating and bribing bandits and kidnappers,” External link

thenationonlineng Tuesday, September 10, 2019 10:24:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “The Danger of Unequal Criminal Justice System in Nigeria” External link

dailypost Friday, September 6, 2019 11:13:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “Notwithstanding the demand for the timely prosecution of the culprits, it ought to be pointed out that the Nigerian Army is vicariously liable for the extra-judicial execution of the slain civilian and police personnel,” External link

thisdayonline Monday, September 2, 2019 6:29:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana argued : “In Nwankwo V State (1985) NCLR 247, the Court of Appeal held that any public officer who feels defamed by any publication should sue for libel, as it is illegal to use the machinery of the State to harass political opponents in Nigeria” External link

pulse Sunday, September 1, 2019 11:27:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana maintained : “After the brutal killing, the soldiers proceeded to free the alleged notorious suspect. In a bid to cover up the unlawful killing of the four people, the authorities of the Nigerian Army claimed that it was ‘a case of mistaken identity.’” External link

thisdayonline Sunday, September 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana contends ( about State Policy ) : “The State has engaged in the systematic promotion of poverty through the implementation of the neo-liberal economic policies instead of striving by means of appropriate regulations for the minimization of exploitation and the concentration of wealth in a few hands, the securing of adequate means of livelihood and employment opportunities, suitable shelter, reasonable minimum living wage, old age care and pensions, unemployment and sick benefits etc” External link

thenationonlineng Saturday, August 31, 2019 12:04:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana argued : “That by virtue of Section 293 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, an application for the remand of any suspect is to be made before a Magistrate Court,” External link

thisdayonline Thursday, August 29, 2019 8:33:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “In Pakistan, the Chief Justice then was not removed for corruption. Can the NBA morally go to the streets to fight for judges who have millions that they cannot account for?” External link

thenationonlineng Wednesday, August 28, 2019 6:42:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “In Pakistan, the Chief Justice then was not removed for corruption. Can the NBA morally go to the streets to fight for judges who have millions that they cannot account for?” External link

tribuneonlineng Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:07:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “There is so much attention on the National Assembly when it comes to speaking about corruption but attention is not paid on state budgets. If the state governments are not prepared to help in the fight against corruption, we are in trouble. No local government has a budget in all the 774 LGAs,” External link

leadership Friday, August 23, 2019 10:35:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “In fighting corruption, the anti-corruption agencies should spell out the right of the poor,” External link

leadership Friday, August 23, 2019 10:35:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana responded : “I saw it and the reason I have not done anything is that I am ending my own vacation sitting tomorrow (Friday). Have you served them (the DSS)?” External link

dailytimes-NG Friday, August 23, 2019 6:12:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana charged : “The Buhari administration knows those who are breaching the peace of Nigeria. Terrorists, armed robbers, herdsmen, coup plotters and others. Those who went on the street to protest in exercise of their right to assembly and complain against injustice, corruption and maladministration in our country cannot be said to have breached the peace in our country. ” External link

dailytimes-NG Tuesday, August 20, 2019 5:49:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana charged : “The Buhari administration knows those who are breaching the peace of Nigeria. Terrorists, armed robbers, herdsmen, coup plotters and others. Those who went on the street to protest in exercise of their right to assembly and complain against injustice, corruption and maladministration in our country cannot be said to have breached the peace in our country. ” External link

premiumtimesng Monday, August 19, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “By not notifying the family members and relatives of the detainees of their arrest and places of detention the authorities of the Nigerian Navy have wilfully violated section 6 (2) (b) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 which has imposed a duty on all detaining authorities to notify the next of kin or relative of every suspect of the arrest at no cost to the suspect,” External link

onlinenigeria Monday, August 19, 2019 1:31:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Muhammadu Buhari ) : “Finally, we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct all detaining authorities in Nigeria to publish the names of all detainees and their places of detention and prohibit the police and other security forces from subjecting Nigerians to any form of incommunicado detention,” External link

thenationonlineng Monday, August 19, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Muhammadu Buhari ) : “Finally, we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct all detaining authorities in Nigeria to publish the names of all detainees and their places of detention and prohibit the police and other security forces from subjecting Nigerians to any form of incommunicado detention,” External link

thenationonlineng Sunday, August 18, 2019 6:39:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “TAKE NOTICE that if you fail or refuse to accede to our request within seven days of the receipt of this letter on grounds of interagency solidarity, we shall not hesitate to file a writ of mandamus against the commission at the Federal High Court,” External link

thenationonlineng Friday, August 16, 2019 12:48:00 PM EAT

Femi Falana said : “TAKE NOTICE that if you fail or refuse to accede to our request within seven days of the receipt of this letter on grounds of interagency solidarity, we shall not hesitate to file a writ of mandamus against the commission at the Federal High Court,” External link

dailypost Friday, August 16, 2019 10:09:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said ( about Commission ) : “If you fail or refuse to accede to our request within seven days of the receipt of this letter on grounds of interagency solidarity, we shall not hesitate to file a writ of mandamus against the Commission at the Federal High Court,” External link

vanguardngr Friday, August 16, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “TAKE NOTICE that if you fail or refuse to accede to our request within seven days of the receipt of this letter on grounds of interagency solidarity, we shall not hesitate to file a writ of mandamus against the commission at the Federal High Court,” External link

thisdayonline Friday, August 16, 2019 7:17:00 AM EAT

Femi Falana said : “TAKE NOTICE that if you fail or refuse to accede to our request within seven days of the receipt of this letter on grounds of interagency solidarity, we shall not hesitate to file a writ of mandamus against the commission at the Federal High Court,” External link

thenationonlineng Thursday, August 15, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
advocate3.23%EN09/21/201721/09/2017
senior advocate3.23%EN09/21/201721/09/2017
lawyer59.68%EN02/16/201716/02/2017
attorney4.84%EN12/22/201622/12/2016
barrister4.84%EN12/04/201604/12/2016
counsel4.84%EN12/02/201602/12/2016
senior advocate of nigeria1.61%EN09/25/201625/09/2016
solicitor12.90%EN09/19/201619/09/2016
chief1.61%EN02/19/200719/02/2007
chairman1.61%EN08/21/200621/08/2006
president1.61%EN02/12/200612/02/2006
Names Lang Count
Femi FalanaEN81.04%
Femi FalanaPT6.04%
Femi FalanaEU5.86%
Femi FalanaES5.86%
FEMI FALANAEN0.46%
Femi FalanaFR0.37%
Femi FalanaSA0.27%
FEMI FALANAFR0.09%
Femi FalaneEN0.00%


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