Falana recommends human rights training for security agencies



Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana has reacted to the recent face-off between the military and the Shiite Islamic sect in Zaria which led to death of several members of the sect.

Falana, who was a guest on a monitored programme on Channels television on Monday morning said the clash that led to the killings of members of the sect was uncalled for.

He however wants the nation’s relevant authorities to put an end to the killings of civilians nationwide.

Falana went down memory lane to further condemn the destruction of Odi in Bayelsa State, the invasion of Zaki Biam in Benue State and the recent incident in Onitsha, Anambra State which activities left many innocent civilians dead.

Attributing the operations of Nigeria’s security outfits to the quality of training being received, Falana said, “The training of the army and the police is still in the colonial era.”

The Lagos lawyer however recommended an introduction of human rights studies in the curricula of the various security institutions. “There must be introduction of human rights into the curricula of these institutions. They refer to all of us as bloody civilians which is not right,” he noted.

The rights activist contested the governorship election in Ekiti State, South West Nigeria in 2007 under the National Conscience Party which party he also served as National Chairman in 2011.




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