Why Governor Ortom should stop begging Buhari – Falana

Renowned lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has advised the Benue state Governor, Sam Ortom, to use his constitutional powers instead of begging the federal government, to order the arrest Fulani herdsmen killing people in the state.

Falana stated this while speaking to SaharaReporters on Tuesday.

He pointed out that under Section 215 of the Constitution, Ortom has the authority to direct the Benue State Police Commissioner to arrest all known criminal suspects.

Falana also said upon the arrest, the Governor should direct the Attorney-General of Benue State to arraign them in court.

According to him, his position is anchored on the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of AG, Anambra State v. AG, Federation (2005) 9 NWLR (PT 931) 572 at 616 where Uwais CJN (as he then was) held: “The Constitution in Section 215 subsection (1) clearly gives the Governor of Anambra State the power to issue lawful direction to the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State, in connection with securing public safety in the State.”


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