Human Rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), Thursday threatened to drag the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to court over the alleged illegal detention of 67 persons by the Nigerian Navy (NN).
This was contained in a letter addressed to the Executive Secretary of NHRC, where he gave the commission seven days to have the Nigerian Navy release or prosecute those allegedly being detained in naval, and other military facilities or face a writ of mandamus before a Federal High Court.
Falana recalled his earlier letter dated May 19 where he requested the release of 40 Nigerians allegedly being detained by the service without trial.
Aside the 40, Falana said yesterday that they discovered 57 persons have been held in crowded cells at the NNS BEECROFT in Apapa and 10 others inside a vessel at the Marina Jetty between three and 18 months without a remand order.
He gave the names of the 57 NNS BEECROFT detainees as Michael Ovie, Simon Onyisike Mike, Umoren Daniel, James Archibong, Graham Brown, Ifeanyi Osadinizu, Matthew Epiagolo, Taiwo Ayodele, Sunday Ojo, Austin Omonisa, Timothy Ajayi, Adeleke Adewale, Onoja Reuben, Pius Paul, Peter Pulle, Ogunmoyero Oluwaseun, Innocent Sunday, Lejoro Friday, Hamza Yakubu, Segun Yusuf, Adebayo Mayoma, Godswill Umoh, Edu Fidelis, Richard David and Daniel Harrison.