Falana calls for prosecution of terrorist financiers and insurgents after Kuje attack
Nigeria’s lead attorney, Femi Falana, on Sunday questioned the federal government’s refusal to prosecute suspected terrorists and their financiers.
The lawyer was reacting to last Tuesday’s attack on Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja by members of the Islamic State for West Africa Province (ISWAP) which freed hundreds of detainees, including suspected terrorists held at the facility.
Federation Attorney General and Justice Minister Abubakar Malami said in September last year that the federal government had identified and detained high-profile figures responsible for financing terrorism in the country.
He, however, defended the delay in prosecuting the suspects, saying the federal government was determined to take tough action to counter the insurgency in the country.
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In a statement he personally signed, Falana asked the AGF to press charges against terrorist financiers and the terrorists themselves, adding that the National Assembly should oversee the prosecution.
The statement reads: “We are compelled to call upon the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to ensure that the indicted masterminds of terrorism and the suspects of terrorism are charged before the Federal High Court.
“Given that only 64 terror suspects are being held at Kuje Correctional Centre, the AGF should reveal to Nigerians where the 400 terror sponsors and 800 terror suspects who were due to be brought before the Federal High Court last year are being held.
“We also call on members of the National Assembly who have earmarked funds for the prosecution of terrorist suspects to monitor the prosecution of indicted terrorist suspects.”
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