Femi Falana knocks the ‘unacceptable’ Police treatment of Melaye, says it doesn’t happen in a civilized society

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Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has berated the Nigeria Police for humiliating Kogi-West lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye by arraigning him in court on a stretcher.

Falana in a statement released to the media argued that the treatment meted out to Melaye was degrading and a violation of his fundamental human right.

He said “The arraignment of Senator Dino Melaye in (Sic) a stretcher in Abuja on Wednesday and Lokoja on Thursday morning is unacceptable in a civilised society.

“It is particularly degrading and humiliating as it violates the fundamental right to the dignity of his person guaranteed by Section 34 of the constitution and Section 7 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.”

Falana also argued that Melaye’s ordeal was a reflection of the trauma Nigerians suffer at the hands of the security agencies.

He therefore urged the National Assembly to seize the opportunity to intervene.


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