Human rights lawyer Falana seeks speedy probe for Bawa, Emefiele

Foremost human rights lawyer Femi Falana has urged the Department of State Services to hasten the investigation into the cases involving the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, and the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria urged the Nigerian government to handle the cases in line with the provisions of the law to avoid a situation whereby loopholes are exploited.

The duo was arrested on June 10 by officials of the DSS over charges surrounding terrorism financing and allegations of abuse of office.

The legal practitioner made the call while featuring on a television programme on Friday.

“Under the administration of Criminal Justice Act if you’re  going to detain a Nigerian beyond 24 hours in places where there are no courts within a radius of 40km{like Lagos and Abuja), you’re required to approach a Magistrate court to ask for a remand order to allow for investigation,” Falana said.

According to him, even if the DSS has obtained a court order to detain Emefiele and Bawa, the order cannot last for long.

“As far as I’m concerned, investigations should be speedily conducted, more so where allegations are made. I do not expect any delay in the investigation of the very serious allegation that has been made,” he added.