Arrest Of Mrs Fani-Kayode: Activist lawyer cautions against impunity


A human right activist Ebun – Olu Adegboruwa has condemned the action of both the EFCC and the Governor of Ekiti State in the recent arrest of Fani-Kayode’s wife in Ado Ekiti noting that two wrongs cannot make a right.

In his words, I’ve read of the event that happened in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, when the wife and son of former Aviation Minister, Chief Fani-Kayode, was reportedly detained in the premises of a bank, for attempting to withdraw money from an account with the bank. It was then reported that the governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, stormed the bank to secure her release.

The other day, it was the Governor of Rivers State, himself a lawyer, that dashed to rescue a judge from arrest by the DSS, in the midnight.

These events raise a serious concern with the brewing culture within the rank of the opposition PDP governors, to seek to deploy their official status to hinder the agencies of government from performing their statutory duties. There cannot be any justification for this impunity at all, in a democracy. Surely two wrongs cannot make right. If there is any perceived overzealousness on the part of security agencies, surely the option cannot be a resort to self help, whereby a governor would deploy his official status to hinder the lawful performance of statutory duties.

It is an abuse of the concept of executive immunity, for governors to be consciously working to hinder the rule of law and due process. It is totally unacceptable, even though this is not to justify the attempt to arrest and detain Mrs Fani-Kayode, a nursing mother, with her baby. The remedy to such malady cannot be the physical deployment of force, by governor Fayose.

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Once we get to a stage where all suspects resist arrest, then society will break down and it be the rule of might and force.
The role of the opposition party in any democracy is to critically analyze the policies of the ruling government and offer constructive and positive alternatives.

I therefore call on the PdP to put its house in order and desist from giving the impression of only functioning in an atmosphere of impunity, only.

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