We have to adhere to the rule of law – Lawan


The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has called for total respect to the rule of law in Nigeria.

Mr. Lawan spoke in Abuja on Monday while responding to a question by a journalist who asked about the repeated violations of the rule of law by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Mr. Lawan said, “It (rule of law) is something that we all have to adhere to”.

He said that part of showing respect for the rule of law was to ensure that those suspected of criminal activities are taken to court, but they should also be freed if they are not found guilty.

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“If someone is not guilty of an offence, such a person should not suffer any undue consequences,” he said.

The Buhari administration has recently faced strident criticisms from Nigerians and the international community over its disrespect for the rule of law.

The latest of such violations occurred when armed State Security Service (SSS) officials stormed an Abuja court to arrest an activist, Omoyele Sowore, who had been granted bail by a court.

The SSS action has been condemned by most Nigerians, human rights groups and the international community at large.


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