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Nigerians condemn arrest, detention of Sowore’s lawyer over 200m suit

 Nigerians condemn arrest, detention of Sowore’s lawyer over 200m suit 

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The police had earlier traced the lawyer to his home and forcefully arrested him for defending the activist

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The Revolutionary Socialist Movement has condemned the arrest of Abubakar Marshal of Falana & Falana Chambers for filing a lawsuit on behalf of human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, against businessman and former lawmaker, Ned Nwoko, and the Nigeria Police Force.

The police had earlier traced the lawyer to his home and forcefully arrested him for defending the activist

The officers accused the lawyer of embarrassing the Nigerian Government, police authorities and Nwoko over his action.

In a statement by Salako Kayode, its publicity secretary, the group described the lawyer's arrest as an attack on his democratic rights. 

The group also demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Marshal.

The statement reads, "As we write Barrister Marshal  Abubakar of Femi Falana chambers, was arraigned by  Nigeria Police Force officers on trumped-up charge at the Upper Area Court in Kabusa area of Abuja and the magistrate has ordered that Barrister Marshal be remanded in Kuje prison that he needs to apply for bail in writing. This is a high form of injustice against Barrister Marshal.

"We join well-meaning Nigerians to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Barrister Marshal. This is an attack on his democratic rights and we condemn it in totality. 

"The suffering people will rise to defend their dignity despite continued police intimidation and harassment. We stand solidly with Barrister Marshal and demand that the police stop this unprofessional manner which is capable of causing tension."

Sowore had during the week filed a lawsuit against Nwoko and the Nigeria Police Force over his illegal arrest and detention last Thursday.

The activist was illegally arrested by the police on the Court of Appeal premises on the orders of the former lawmaker over some trumped-up allegations.

Among other things, Sowore also demanded an apology to be published in two reputable national daily newspapers for the violation of his fundamental rights and N200million as damages for the violation of his rights. 




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