Femi Falana, the interim chairman, Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), has again expressed disappointment over the refusal of the federal government to prosecute arrested persons suspected to be financing terrorism in the country.
Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice, had revealed in April revealed that the government had concluded arrangements to arraign 400 sponsors of terrorists, as well as 800 suspected terrorists at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the human rights lawyer said the reason not to go ahead with the prosecution is only known to the federal government.
“ASCAB is sad to note that the Federal Government has refused to prosecute the sponsors of terrorists who were recently arrested and interrogated by the State Security Service”, he said in the statement.
“In particular, the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation announced in April this year that arrangements had been concluded for the arraignment of 400 sponsors of terrorists and 800 terror suspects at the Federal High Court.
“But for reasons best known to the Federal Government, the arrested sponsors of terrorism and terror suspects have not been charged with terrorism and allied offences before any Court. Other sponsors of terrorism including a few traditional rulers indicted by some state governments have not been brought to book for their alleged involvement in the nefarious enterprise.”
The senior advocate also asked the government to secure the release of the officer abducted during an attack on the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna, and arrest the perpetrators.
“The Alliance on Surviving Covid-19 and Beyond (ASCAB) strongly condemns the last week’s invasion of the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna, the brutal killing of two officers and the abduction of another officer by a group of terrorists,” he stated.
“By attacking the military institution, the dangerous criminal elements had wanted to prove that nowhere is safe in Nigeria.
“To prove the criminals wrong the Federal Government should ensure the immediate release of the abducted officer and proceed to arrest the criminal elements who committed the heinous crimes.”