Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A funny thing happened on the way to the inquiry

Femi Falana, SAN
Nigeria has created a 7-member commission of inquiry to look into allegations of human rights violations by the Army. Now a number of soldiers who were convicted by courts-martial (and whose cases are on review at the Court of Appeal) have approached the commission requesting that it recommend them for presidential clemency. The government says the panel has no jurisdiction to consider that request. Details here. Excerpt:
Meanwhile, with consent of all parties, the panel said it would hear other petitions by [the soldiers' counsel, Femi] Falana, including one alleging gross violation of human rights by the military justice system, in Maiduguri, Borno State, where the panel's North-East sitting is billed to take place.

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