Falana Nobody is above the law – Lawyer says

Falana also asked the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu not to politicise the forgery charges against them.

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Human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana has said that any President or Governor that commits a criminal offence can be arrested while in office.

Falana also asked the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu not to politicise the forgery charges against them.

The lawyer said the National Assembly leaders do not have immunity to avoid the charges against them.

Falana added that immunity does not extend to electoral fraud of any kind.

Speaking on the stand-off between the Senate and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, the lawyer said “The senate is now politicising the issue, saying it is political victimization but not that the offence was not committed.

“As leaders of the National Assembly, you are supposed to be above board and that is even the more reason you must be careful.

“But I want to remind the senate that the Attorney General of the Federation is only answerable to his boss, who is the president and nobody else.

“The same thing applies to the states, so there is no longer absolute immunity in this country.

“And that is why what is happening in Ekiti today about money found in a bank and the governor is saying it is illegal to freeze his account that is not true.

“Any issue that is criminal in nature must be treated as such."

Lere Olayinka, the Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose on Public Communications and New Media, called Falana a mischievous hypocrite, following his comment reportedly supporting the freezing of Fayose’s bank account by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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