Human rights’ activist, Omoyele Sowore, has described the Nigeria Police Force personnel within the trial of Solomon Akuma, a younger pharmacist being detained over a Twitter banter on President Muhamamdi Buhari, as illiterates.
In a Facebook put up on Monday, Sowore mentioned the police personnel had been a large number following the drama that ensued in the course of the court docket continuing of the younger pharmacist who was detained over joke on Twitter.
According to Sowore, the police lawyer, who appeared in court docket lacked information of authorized issues; secondly, the police filed their handle out of time and forgot to hunt permission from the court docket.
He added that the police additionally violated all of the procedures for submitting a case.
Sowore added that Akuma’s household had additionally suffered an enormous setback courtesy of the detention of their son.
He mentioned, “At the Federal High Court in Abuja today to attend the farcical trial of Solomon Akuma, a young pharmacist from Abia State arrested and detained since April 2020 at the behest of President Muhammadu Buhari and his late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.
“Nigeria Police Force prosecutors claimed Akuma intended to hire Russian Snipers to “kill” Buhari and Abba Kyari due to Twitter banter the place he answered to a joke someday in 2019.
“In court today, where the written addresses of the prosecution and defence were adopted, it was established that the Nigeria Police Force has consistently existed only to please those in power. It was a joke and a mess.
”First, the Police lawyer didn’t know that solely the Attorney General of the Federation can provoke and prosecute Terror suspect as espoused within the “Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011” particularly its part 19 of the modification of the Act in 2019.
“Secondly, they filed their address out of time and forgot to seek the permission of the court.
“Third, they did not disclose the location where the offence was committed or the ingredients of the crime as requested by law. Fourthly, the Nigeria Police Force, in the eyes of the law violated all the procedures for filing a case (as typical they never followed any procedures known to law.) In a nutshell, they did not properly file any charges nor disclose any course of infractions before Justice Giwa Badejo who was had been transferred to Enugu but was granted a fiat to return and conclude this inhuman case.
“Their citations were in shambles, Police lawyer didn’t know how to cite the NWLR (Nigeria Law Weekly Reports); he called it “NORL” and when the decide requested what he meant, he mentioned he didn’t know till he despatched a WhatsApp message proper there in court docket and obtained a reply presumably from his superiors. It was embarrassing.
“But what’s more severely damaging was that a system allowed these functional illiterates to ruin the life and career of a promising Pharmacist at a time the country is dearly in need of medical professionals.
“Also ruined is his family’s life. His father has spent all his savings on this case and fallen ill, he’s down with stroke and today he could not attend the trial, Solomon’s sister has been hospitalised for a week now, chronically ill.
“The Buhari regime is so evil towards Nigerian citizens in every corner either by outright wickedness or deliberate negligence. Lives are being destroyed by the Muhammadu Buhari regime on a minute by minute basis.”
Akuma, 29, was arrested on April 2, 2020, in Aba, Abia State for allegedly making a social media put up in opposition to the President and his late Chief of Staff, Kyari.
Akuma had spent three months in detention with no court docket order or trial till he was ultimately arraigned for costs bordering on terrorism, sedition, prison intimidation of the President and risk to the lifetime of Buhari.
He had been languishing on the Force Criminal Investigation Department earlier than the police lawyer, Victor Ogbudo, filed an software in search of the permission of the court docket to switch the younger man from the police custody to the correctional centre.
The prosecution counsel claimed that the defendant was flouting the order of the police and that they might not cope along with his behaviour of their custody any longer.
The presiding decide, Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbajo, later in her ruling dismissed the bail software filed by his lawyer, Emmanuel Ukaegbu and ordered Akuma to be transferred and remanded on the correctional centre.
Activists, attorneys and civil society teams have condemned Akuma’s continued detention and referred to as for his launch, saying he didn’t commit any crime to warrant such a punishment.