Femi Falana, a Lagos based lawyer has caution the federal government of Nigeria to refrain from using the Nigerian army to fight the proxy war of President Paul Biya, the Nation Online reports.
According to the news site, Falani, in a statement issued in Lagos yesterday, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order the immediate release of the detained Cameroonian freedom fighters and also cautioned the federal government against releasing the freedom fighters to Cameroonian President, Paul Biya.
To him, the detainees are entitled to reside or visit Nigeria without any molestation.
Hear him; “The detained Cameroonian freedom fighters deserve to be released unconditionally from the unlawful custody forthwith. “Instead of using the SSS to fight the proxy war of President Paul Biya the federal government should direct the SSS and other security forces to collaborate with the Nigeria Police Force to fish out the criminal elements that have unleashed mayhem on the people of Benue State”, he is quoted as saying.
Falana argued that since the Cameroonians entered Nigeria legitimately their arrest and detention by the federal government cannot be justified under the law.
It should be recalled that, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, leader of Cameroon’s separatist movement, was taken into custody alongside six others at a hotel in Abuja on Friday, both a Nigerian official and the separatist group said. Separatists, including armed radical elements, seek an independent state for Cameroon’s anglophone regions they call Ambazonia.