Falana rejects appointment into panel to rescue girls

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Lagos Lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana  has rejected his appointment as a member of the Presidential Committee on Abducted Girls.
His rejection of the appointment was contained in a statement issued in Lagos yesterday night.

He explained that he rejected the appointment having already accepted to collaborate with an international human rights organisation which is currently mobilising diplomatic and political support  for the release of the abducted girls from the captivity of the nihilist forces.
He said in addition that a committee of those who protested the abduction of the girls has engaged his professional services professional services  to seek legal redress with a view to compelling the Federal Government to discharge its duty to the victims of the crime against humanity.

Instead, Falana counselled the president, as  “Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to direct the Joint Task
Force to intensify the military campaign to secure the release of the girls.”

The statement stated, “l thank the Federal Government for appointing me as a member of the Presidential Committee to make recommendations for the release of the 223 students of  the Government College, Chibok, Borno State who are still  held incommunicado in the illegal custody of a gang of heartless criminals.

“Apart from my involvement in the ongoing nationwide demonstrations in which protesters are demanding for the immediate release of the abducted girls from the custody of the dreaded boko haram sect  a Committee of Concerned Nigerians working with the parents of the girls has engaged my professional services  to seek legal redress with a view to compelling the Federal Government to discharge its duty to the victims of the crime against humanity. “Furthermore, I have accepted the request to collaborate with an international human rights organisation which is currently mobilising diplomatic and political support  for the release of the abducted girls from the captivity of the nihilist forces.

“In the light of the foregoing I regret my inability to accept the appoinment to serve on the Committee to determine the number of the missing girls. However,  I urge the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to direct the Joint Task Force to intensify the military campaign to secure the release of the girls. After all, the military authorities did announce last week that the girls would regain their liberty in a matter of days!”, it added.