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Falana to Buhari: Nigerian Army not Empowered to Take Over Police Duties


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Falana to Buhari: Nigerian Army not Empowered to Take Over Police Duties

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has asked a federal high court sitting in Lagos to stop the Nigerian Army’s ‘Operation Positive Identification’.

The planned nationwide operation is scheduled to start today (November 1) and end on  December 23, requiring people in Nigeria to carry with them a form of identification.

Falana said the planned operation violated his right and that of other Nigerians to liberty, “as encapsulated in Section 35 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as Amended and Article 6 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, (Cap A10) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004″.

He said, “There is no insurrection in every part of the country which the Nigerian police cannot contain to warrant the deployment of armed troops all over the country from November 1, 2019, to December 23, 2019.

“Neither the constitution nor the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 LFN, 2004 has empowered the Nigerian Army to arrest any citizen who is not subject to service law.

“The first respondent (the Nigerian Army) under the leadership of the second respondent is not empowered to take over police duties and the president and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces lacks the power to deploy members of the armed forces in the maintenance of internal security in any part of the country by virtue of Section 217 (a) (b) and (c) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.”

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