Falana Warns CCT Chairman, Risks Five-year Imprisonment For ‘Biafra Boy’ Statement

Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), has revealed that the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, may spend five years in prison over his comment on ‘Biafran boys’.

Falana said this in a statement on Saturday, April 3.

Recall that the CCT chairman was last Monday caught on video; allegedly assaulting a security guard at Banex Plaza, Abuja.

In a statement issued by the CCT, it was claimed that the chairman was the one that was attacked by some ‘Biafra boys’ at Banex.

Reacting in a statement, Falana also said the use of the word was in contravention of Section 26 of the Cybercrimes Act 2015.

The statement read in part:

“The use of the word ‘Biafra boys’ in the statement (produced through a computer system or network); on the instructions of the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal and distributed to the media last week; constitutes a contravention of Section 26 of the Cybercrimes Act 2015 which prohibits the use of racist or xenophobic material; in any written or printed material which advocates, promotes or incites hatred, discrimination or violence; against any individual group of individuals, based on race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin; as well as a religion if used as a pretext for any of these factors.

“The person alleged to have suggested the use of the xenophobic words is liable to be prosecuted for the serious offence. The penalty for the offence is five years imprisonment and/or a minimum N10m fine.”

 

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