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Falana Requests Bawa’s Release

Abdulrasheed Bawa, a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has been held by the DSS for 67 days without being charged or facing a trial. Human rights attorney Femi Falana SAN sought his release over the weekend.
Falana claims that Bawa’s remand order has subsequently ended.
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He claimed that section 493 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, or section 35 of the Nigerian Constitution, which permits the imprisonment of a criminal suspect for 67 days without trial, is violated by Bawa’s incarceration. A remand order has a 56-day maximum cumulative life duration under the Act.
“At some point last month, I had reason to seek the immediate release from the custody of the State Security Service of Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
If there was proof that the two arrested suspects had committed criminal acts, I suggested that the Federal Government prosecute them before a court of competent jurisdiction as an alternative.
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