Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) and 400 lawyers have agreed to render free legal representation (probono) for arrested protesters against police brutality also known as #End SARS who were illegally detain across the Country.
He disclosed this on Kakaki (breakfast programme) Africa Independent television (AIT), Tuesday barely 24 hours.
“We have resolved to provide free legal services for those who have been arrested, detained and charged for protest.
“Not less than 400 lawyers are prepared to render probono for arrested protesters. We want to take out those who have been charged. The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) spoke yesterday (Monday) that they will b involved”, according to him.
Recall that the Inspector-General of police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu stated that the training of a new police unit to take over from the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will begin next week when he received popular music artiste, David Adeleke aka Davido, in his office at Force Headquarters over the ongoing EndSARS protest.
The Human Rights lawyer who described the protests as a fallout pervasive uninvestigated and unchallenged high level of Human abuses linked to some police personnel in Nigeria, called for a judicial panel of inquiry into pending cases of Human Rights abuse and extra-judicial killings as well as strict enforcement of the administration of the Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) of 2015 to the ill-feeling of most Nigerians about the Force.
He further advocated for adequate funding of the Nigeria police and retraining of its personnel from the use crude method to modern ways of crime detection and prevention across police training Colleges and police Academy in Nigeria to among other things check unbridled act impunity.
Falana revealed that he has personally reach out to some top police Officers including the Deputy Inspector-General of police (DIG) in charge of Zone 2, Mr. Inuwa Iliasu who ordered the release of some persons who were arrested in connection with #End SARS protest in Ogun State on Monday.
According to him, “appropriate policies should be enforced and damages that had been awarded against the police paid.
“If we can avoid attacking protesters who have behaved responsibly, we won’t have problem.
“It is the Constitutional rights of Citizens to protest for or against the government.
“There are laws against torture which have been enforced…Even during police training, the women are barred from make up while the male trainees at police College, have their heads shaved. That is not what policing is all about!”.
“The place where we use to gather to protest in Abuja, called Unity Fountain and Gani Fawehinmin park at Ojota, the government has blocked it”, he lamented.
He also revealed that he has dragged the Chief Judge of the Federal High court to asked court to compel him to do his job in line with the provision of ACJA on rights of detainees in Nigeria.
Our Correspondent reports that hundreds of Nigerian youths at home and diaspora have being on the streets disbanded Special anti-robbery squad (SARS) and other tactical units of the Nigeria police Force.