Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has informed the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, that the “executive rascality” of the Federal Government and its law enforcement agencies is majorly responsible for the problem of prison congestion in the country,
He charged the ONSA in the letter to critically appraise the nefarious activities of the security and law enforcement agencies which, according to him, also constitute an infraction on the fundamental rights of citizens guaranteed under the constitution.
Fayose’s stand was contained in his response to a letter by the NSA, Maj.-Gen. B.M. Mungonu (rtd.), to state governors with reference number NSA/601/A and dated January 16, 2017 on the need to facilitate quick decongestion of Nigerian prisons.
The NSA was said to have attributed the problem bedevilling the administration of justice in the country to congestion of prisons by awaiting trial inmates and condemned convicts.
But the Ekiti governor, in a reply personally signed by him and obtained by newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, alleged that the police, the Department of State Services, DSS, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and other law enforcement agencies arrest and detain innocent citizens and perceived opponents of state for flimsy reasons and on malicious, spurious and unfounded allegations.
He held that many Nigerians have been languishing in prisons without any reprieve because most of the law enforcement agencies detain Nigerians on flimsy grounds and flout court orders without recourse to due process.
“Specifically, the controversial arrests and continued detention of Messers Nnamdi Kanu, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) and Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, among several others, and the flagrant disregard and disobedience to court orders directing their release from prison by security and law enforcement agencies are not only unjust, immoral and detestable but constitute an affront to the rule of law and a rape of democracy.
“Your inaction or failure to address the above-mentioned acts of executive rascality and lawlessness will definitely undermine and belie your sincere concern and genuine commitment to the decongestion of the prisons as stated in your letter,” part of Fayose’s letter read.