Alleged detention: Chime’s claim misleading –Falana

Lagos-based lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana, said on Thursday he has the mandate of Clara Chime, allegedly detained wife of Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime, to secure her release from unlawful custody in the Government House, Enugu.
The Enugu First Lady had on Wednesday denied ever contacting Falana or any other lawyer to help secure her release from an alleged incarceration at the Government House.
Falana, who said he spoke to the detained woman on Thursday morning, added that the statement credited to the Governor that his wife did not brief him (Falana) to secure her release from detention was misleading.
According to Falana, “contrary to such diversionary statement I wish to state that I do not need the instructions of citizens who are illegally detained to demand for their release. Without any instructions I am duty bound to file cases in court to secure the enforcement of the fundamental rights of detainees to personal liberty.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the doctrine of locus standi in the area of human rights has been abolished by the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009 which came into force on December 1, 2009.
“With respect to Mrs. Clara Chime, I wish to say, without any fear of contradiction, that I have her instructions in writing to challenge her illegal detention at the Government House, Enugu.
“Through the assistance of some of the security personnel in the Government House she has since spoken to me on phone to confirm her instructions.
“Indeed, Mrs Chime’s mother and her personal physician have also been in touch with me, urging me to take all appropriate measures to secure her freedom from Governor Chime’s illegal confinement.
“Governor Chime’s nocturnal press conference has confirmed the allegation that he has held his wife in illegal custody and that the Governor attempted to justify the illegality by alleging that his wife has “a medical challenge.”
Falana said when the Governor himself was recently medically challenged, he was not subjected to solitary confinement in the Government House but flown abroad for adequate medical treatment.
“But Mr. Chime has conspired with his private physicians to sentence his wife to unwarranted mental torture and psychological trauma in a room in the Government House for the past four months,” the lawyer added.



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