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Falana warns CCT Chairman risks five-year imprisonment for ‘Biafra boy’ statement

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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.

1st News had reported 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 said the use of the word was in contravention of Section 26 of the Cybercrimes Act 2015.

It 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.

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“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.”

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the dastardly attack on Monday night in three communities in Íshíelu Local Government Area (LGA) of Ebonyi.

The affected communities are Egedegede, Obegu and Amuzu communities.

The president, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, April 3, directed law enforcement agencies to fish out the attackers and make them face justice.

Buhari stressed that the perpetrators of the “heinous attack” should not be spared.

He extended his deepest sympathies to families and friends who had lost loved ones, and to every member of the communities in Ebonyi traumatised by these despicable acts of wickedness.

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