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You Can't Arrest Someone At A House Since The Suspect Can't Be Found" - Falana

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Femi Falana, a senior Nigerian counsel and human rights activist, recently slammed the DSS for apprehending people in Igboho's apartment in the absence of the key suspect. This action by the DSS, according to the activist, is no longer legal in Nigeria.

Femi Falana revealed this during an interview with Objectv Media that was posted on YouTube on July 15, 2021, in which he stated you can't be looking for a suspect and then decide to arrest everyone living in the house because you can't find him. It is not the position of Nigerian law; the only thing that can be done in this case is to get a court order declaring the suspect wanted.

According to the illustration given by the professional lawyer and activist, you can't be hunting for Mr. A and arresting his wife and children since our laws have changed from that position. He also stated that he knows lawyers have petitioned the court regarding individuals arrested in Igboho's residence in order to seek a legal remedy, and that they will be released in due course.

He insisted that those who were murdered by DSS operatives in Igboho's apartment must undergo a coroner's examination so that the cause of death can be determined and appropriate action taken.

You may recall that Igboho's residence, which is located in the Soka area of Ibadan, was allegedly raided by joint security forces led by the DSS early this month, resulting in the deaths of two people and the arrest of several others including a lady, while the prime suspect remained at large.



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