Femi Falana writes an open letter to President Buhari to demand release of 40 Nigerians illegally detained by the Navy


Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has written to President Buhari to order the release of 40 Nigerians who have been in “illegal custody” of the Nigerian navy.

In an open letter to the President, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria said he has  received complaints from the family members of 40 detainees who have been held incommunicado in dehumanising conditions for periods of six to eight months.

According to Falana, the “unlawful detention” contravened sections of the 1999 constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights Ratification and Enforcement. Falana added that “In fact, some of the detainees are incarcerated in an underground military detention facility in Abuja while others are held inside one of the vessels impounded by the Nigerian Navy in Marina, Lagos”.

Below is the full letter written to the President by Femi Falana.

“May 19, 2019

His Excellency,

Alhaji Mohammadu Buhari,

President & Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces,


Linda Ikeji