Ekiti state House of Assembly has branded Lagos-based lawyer, Femi Falana a hypocrite who should be ashamed of himself.
The House said this on Monday while reacting to a recent statement credited to Falana over Department of State Services’ (DSS) investigation of alleged budget padding by Reps members, as well as and Zamfara lawmakers’ arrest.
Falana had reportedly argued that the DSS lacked both the moral and legal rights to carry out the probe of alleged involvement of members of the House of Representatives in budget padding.
But Ekiti State House of Assembly said that his reaction was “another display of his selfishness and political hypocrisy, asking why he (Falana) supported the DSS invasion of the Ekiti state House of Assembly and arrest of a member of the House, Afolabi Akanni.”
Gboyega Aribisogan, who reacted to Falana’s position in a statement issued on Monday and made available by Lere Olayinka, aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose on New Media said, “Falana should be ashamed that he gave tacit support to the DSS when the agency engaged in illegalities in Ekiti, his home state and now elects to complain when the same DSS extended its illegalities to the House of Representatives and Zamfara state House of Assembly.
“The question that Mr Femi Falana (SAN) needs to answer is whether he just realised that the duty of the DSS according to the National Security Agencies Act, is strictly limited to the preservation and detection within Nigeria of any crime against the internal security of Nigeria.
“Also, Falana needs to tell Nigerians whether the DSS invasion of the Ekiti state House of Assembly that he supported was in preservation of internal security of Nigeria.”
“Throughout the four years of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of Dr Kayode Fayemi, Falana did not
utter a word to condemn the murder of 10 indigenes of the state that were killed by agents of the government.
“It is on record that the APC chairman in Ekiti state, Jide Awe who is standing trial over the murder of Ayo Jeje and Mrs Juliana Adewumi in Erijiyan Ekiti has remained a fugitive and Falana has been relating with him (Awe) despite that a warrant of arrest was issued against him?
“The question is, is Falana’s human rights activism only about defending the interests of his political allies in his party, the APC?”
By Ebere Ndukwu …
RipplesNigeria …without borders, without fears
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
INVESTIGATION: Poorly executed classroom projects force children out of school in Niger State
Once a vibrant hub of learning for pupils, Kodo Primary School now resonates a stark contrast to its former days...
SPECIAL REPORT: Shell’s inaccurate data raises questions around efforts to control methane emissions in Nigeria
Much worse for the environment than carbon dioxide, despite global efforts to control methane, emissions continue soaring. With over a...
FEATURE…Missing Rig Workers: Tragedy, Injustice and the Depthwize cabal
The serene landscape of Ovhor in Delta State bore witness to a disaster that shook the nation’s conscience. The capsize...
FEATURE… In the shadow of kidnappers: The story of Nigeria’s albatross
For decades, Nigeria has been grappling with a problem that has threatened the safety and stability of its people: kidnapping....
FEATURE: The falling standard of education in Nigeria today: Whose Fault?
Over the years, education has proven to be the fulcrum facilitating national development in any state. Through education, knowledge is...