ISI @ 50: Ayorinde cautions FG on B/Haram

By Tunde Ogunesan

THE Federal Government has been called upon to exercise caution in its resolve to check the menace of Boko Haram in Nigeria in order  not to be labeled as terrorist in the process.

This advice was given by the Chairman, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde,  while delivering the 50th anniversary lecture entitled: “Boko Haram, Terrorism and Fundamental Human Rights: The Challenges that confront us” of the International School Ibadan, held at the Trenchard Hall, on Thursday.

Ayorinde said, in a world that had changed by the ever present threat of terrorism, the concept of fundamental human rights as regards  suspects arrested for acts of terrorism had been put to test.

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He said, recently, the European court had reiterated “ the need to balance the requirements of combating terrorism and the requirements of protection of fundamental rights while recognising the strain of terrorism and counter-terrorism on the notions of established principles of fundamental rights.”

Ayorinde, who is a former chairman of coincil and pro-chancellor, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, stressed that the court carefully “leaned towards ensuring that the rights of terror suspects are not completely thrown overboard because of the obvious impact this would have on the established principles of fundamental rights.”

He, however, warned the Federal Government to be wary of dealing with the menace of Boko Haram, else it would become another terrorist in the course of checking it.

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