If the Ambazonian leaders are not tried after 2 months, they will be released Unconditionally Says a Nigerian Legal Practitioner

Today Friday the 19th of January, 2018,marks exactly 2 weeks since the Ambazonia interim leader: Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and his cohorts w...



Today Friday the 19th of January, 2018,marks exactly 2 weeks since the Ambazonia interim leader: Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and his cohorts were arrested by DSS (a domestic intelligence agency of Nigeria) in a hotel in Abuja, Nigeria. Since then, the Ambazonia leaders have not been taken to court or even allowed to see a lawyer.

This has caused many people  (especially the southern Cameroonians) to ask questions as to whether the rights of Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and his 9 cohorts have been violated by the Nigeria government or not.

Due to the above facts, we had to conduct a phone interview with a legal practitioner in Nigeria to find out if the action taken by the Nigeria government is constitutional or not.

This is what the legal practitioner told us...

Its enshrined in the Nigeria constitution that arrested suspects has to be taken to court after 48 hours. If an arrested suspect is not taken to court after a maximum period of 2 months (from the day he or she was arrested), that suspect will be released unconditionally.

Section 35(4) of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria states that any person who is arrested or detained for the purpose of bringing him before a court in execution of the order of a court or upon reasonable suspicions of his having committed a criminal offence, or to such extent as may be reasonably necessary to prevent him committing a criminal offence, shall be brought before a court of law within a reasonable time i.e. within 48hours; and if not tried within a period of two months from the date of arrest or detention, in case of a person who is in custody or is not entitled to bail, or three months, from the date of his arrest or detention. In case of a person who has been released on bail, he shall without prejudice to any further proceedings that may be brought against him be released either unconditionally or upon such conditions as are reasonably necessary to ensure that he appears for trial at a later date.

So according to Section 35(4) of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria, if the Ambazonia leaders are not tried before the 23rd of Febuary (which will mark 2 months after their arrest), the Nigeria government will be bound to release them unconditionally or upon such conditions as are reasonably necessary to ensure that they appear for trial at a later date. He added that after the specified date, the Nigeria government will be under pressure from numerous human rights organisations (that will be clamoring for the release of the Ambazonia leaders).


Our ears are on the ground, we shall provide you with more info on this story. Thanks for reading!.




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