Only the constitution can answer that question without any further argument. But if Gani Fawehinmi (the late ‘Conscience of the Nation’) had been alive, he would have, if necessary, published a book containing his indisputable opinion, distributed to the public free of charge. And his opinion had always been intellectually and legally incontrovertible.
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As a layman, you must have been satisfied with Atiku Abubakar’s argument, and especially Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) boss, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu’s that the order is unconstitutional.
The constitution, according to INEC chairman, is very clear on the matter. Electoral offences, including ballot box snatching attract fines of up to N1 million or three years imprisonment, not immediate firing squad execution without trial.
And just on Friday, the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said without reference to the President’s stance that ballot box snatchers will be arrested and prosecuted.
Ordinarily, there should be no argument about this matter, but since the fiery legal luminary, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Festus Keyamo, is supporting his master’s side, his argument cannot just be discarded.
Mr. Keyamo is known for winning court cases and respected by many as a man driven by quest for truth and justice. He has a powerful argument in this matter.
Who can solve this problem by suing the Federal Government, and maybe the matter will get to the Supreme Court? Or along the line, other lower courts can handle the case with such excellence that everybody can accept their judgement?
Until then our lay minds can console us that wisdom is proved righteous by its works. Today, Friday, the works of this ‘shoot at sight order’ is already causing apprehension in Port Harcourt as soldiers deployed there for the elections are already harassing the residents.
According to our source in Port Harcourt, soldiers are carrying ‘stop and search’ on people.
“it is now like a near state of emergency. I am so scared I have decided to stay indoors tomorrow,” an eye-witness told E-Nigeria.
And worse for Port Harcourt residents, E-Nigeria learnt that the soldiers sent there do not understand English. “They are also not only stern-looking, but highly irritable. They have no trace of civility at all,” our source said.
Please, share with us the behaviours of soldiers posted to your area.