Falana Femi: I have the mandate of Clara Chime

 Nigeria’s leading human rights lawyer speaks on the confinement of Enugu state governor’s wife inside Government House

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, has declared that he has the mandate of Clara Chime, the detained wife of the Governor of Enugu state , Sullivan Chime, to secure her release from unlawful custody in Enugu Government House, southeast Nigeria.

Falana, who said he spoke to the detained woman on Thursday morning, said the claim credited to Governor Chime (See Here) that his wife did not brief him (Falana) to secure her release from detention was misleading.

According to Falana, “contrary to such diversionary statement I wish to state that I do not need the instructions of citizens who are illegally detained to demand for their release. Without any instructions I am duty bound to file cases in court to secure the enforcement of the fundamental rights of detainees to personal liberty. For the avoidance of doubt, the doctrine of locus standi in the area of human rights has been abolished by the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009 which came into force on December 1,2009.

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