Hate Speech…Why Offenders Cannot Be Arrested By Military-Falana.

Femi Falana (SAN)

Human right lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana (SAN), has reacted to the plan by Nigerian Military to arrest offenders of Hate Speech in Nigeria is unlawful.

Those responsible for arrest of Hate-Speech offenders are the Nigerian Police Force and not the Nigerian Military, said Falana.

He called that new laws should not be implemented, but they should re-visit the existing Laws that deals with hate speeches.

Following the law, he stated,” For avoidance of doubt, section 4 of the police Act has empowered the Nigeria Police Force to arrest and prosecute criminal suspects in the country.

“However, section 47 (1) of the cybercrimes (prohibition, prevention etc) Act provides that law enforcement agencies shall have power to prosecute offences under this act while section 58 there of defines law enforcement agencies for the time being his responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the provisions of the act.”

“As the Nigerian Army is not one of the law enforcement agencies empowered by the Act and other panel laws, it should not be permitted to enforce any of the laws against hate speeches.” He also said.


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