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Falana says 57 detainees are on hunger strike at naval facility in Lagos

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Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer, says that 57 detainees in the Nigerian navy facilities in Apapa, Lagos, have started a hunger strike to protest their imprisonment without trial.

Falana said the detainees began the strike on Monday after the army did not obey the court’s orders to release them.

In May, Falana accused the navy of evading President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to release the people he is “illegally” detaining.

Nigeria’s main defender (SAN) has also criticized the president for celebrating the 100 days in office, while many Nigerians languish in detention centers across the country.

“The 57 people being detained illegally by the Nigerian Navy at NNS Beecroft detention facility at Apapa, Lagos commenced a hunger strike on Monday, September 9, 2019,” he said.

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“They are protesting their detention without trial for periods ranging from 8 months to over 2 years.

“The federal high court has nullified the detention of some of the detainees while others have been granted bail. But the Nigerian Navy has treated the court orders with contempt.

“In spite of its official policy to respect the human rights of the Nigerian people the Buhari administration qhas failed to call the detaining authorities to order.”